15 August 2019 | Dominican Republic
My hands are full of tourism brochures when I arrive at the tourist information center in La Romana. La Romana is a popular destination in the south of Dominican Republic. I am looking for an alternative option outside the beaches and I spot Altos de Chavon.
Visiting Altos de Chavon is like going back to the past. It is a 16th century replica of Mediterranean village and designed by the local architect Jose Antonio Caro and Italian designer Roberto Copa.
The walkway is dominated by cobblestones. The building materials are made of hand-cut stones and forged irons. Some galleries and studios use coral block walls with terracotta ornament.
The first building that I visit is The St. Stanislaus Church. It holds the Catholic weekly mass and wedding ceremonies. I take the stairway that lead to the higher level outside the church. There is a vantage point that offers a stunning view of the village above the Chavon river.
The charming St. Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavon village
Beautiful interior of St. Stanislaus Church
Stairway to the vantage point outside the church
Selfie under A Cute Bell of The Church
The stunning view of the village with greenish lush
My partner and I are having fun admiring the beautiful atmosphere of this village. We find some musicians are playing the traditional music of Dominican Republic. They even invite a tourist to play along. We also see some girls dressing in traditional costume, probably performers for an event.
Roaming around the corners of Altos de Chavon
An old building makes a good background for picture
A tourist is playing music with the local musician inside Altos de Chavon
The resting performers dressing in the beautiful traditionalcostume
Another interesting place to visit is the big amphitheater which can accommodate about 5,000 audiences. I feel like I am inside The Gladiator movie. This amphitheater is often used for concerts and shows.
The amphitheater inside Altos de Chavon
I am glad choosing Altos de Chavon for the day trip. As a cruise ship crew in Caribbean, sometimes I feel bored going to the beach. The shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes and the fee is cheap. We have a nice short trip here.