We were in La Romana as a cruise port visit.After doing some research prior to the cruise, we decided to take a shuttle to Altos de Chavón which is a small village built on a high hill overlooking the valley of the Rio Chavón. It is part of the Casa de Campo resort and was built in the 1980's to resemble a medieval European town.
Instead of buying a Carnival excursion to the village (about $40), we walked off the ship at 10:00 am and went to the cruise terminal building where they were selling round trip shuttle tickets for $7.00 each. The shuttles run every 30 minutes to the village. It took about 20 minutes to reach the village and we drove through the Casa de Campo Resort to get there.
As we walked around the village, there were only a small handful of restaurants and markets that were open. We joined up with a tour group to hear the guide explain parts of the village. We walked over to see the amphitheater which could hold 5,000 people for concerts. This is where the public rest rooms are located.
There is a church named for St. Stanislaus in the middle of the village, but its doors were locked.
The only thing of interest was a museum called the Regional Archaeological Museum. The building was cooled by fans and a center room had air conditioning which brought some relief after walking around outside. The museum featured the history of the local native Taino Indians.
After an hour, we caught the shuttle back to the cruise port.
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