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Every Monday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm, the tranquil artist’s village of Altos de Chavón in Casa de Campo is magically transformed with a “Dominican Extravaganza”, an interactive show with wild traditional Dominican costumes, music dancing, a street parade and ending with the Kandela! dancing show in the Altos de Chavón amphitheater.
Designed and orchestrated for the tourists visiting Altos de Chavón from the Costa Luminosa cruise ship, docked in La Romana every Monday, the “Dominican Extravaganza” is lively, fun and even a little educational. The Dominican Extravaganza is completely free and regardless of whether or not you’re a tourist – we’re sure you’ll love it!
Welcome to a Dominican Extravaganza in Altos de Chavón……
Traditional Dominican Casitas in Altos de Chavon
Shopping opportunities – buy traditional hand-made Dominican artisanal arts and crafts
Learning about Dominican culture in Altos de Chavón
Outside the “Museo Archeologico” in Altos de Chavón, you can learn about the native Taino culture with live demonstrations!
Photo opportunities in Altos de Chavón!
During the “Dominican Extravaganza” in Altos de Chavón you will encounter lots of camera touting tourists – but also some nice things to take photos of!
A scary surprise at La Cantina in Altos de Chavón
Outside La Cantina and Papa jacks restaurants we found a dancing Diablo Cajuelo (a traditional Dominican carnaval character), 2 bongo drum players and a fire eater!
A Dominican Carnaval parade in Altos de Chavón!
At approximately 5.30pm, the dancers of the Kandela! show lead a carnaval parade through the Altos de Chavón plaza, gathering up all the tourists and leading them to the Altos de Chavón amphitheater!
Kandela! in the Altos de Chavón amphitheater!
Following the parade a 30 minute presentation of the Dominican dancing and musical spectacular is held in the Altos de Chavón amphitheater. Please note that in the past these performances have required tickets – but at the moment, you can just walk in with the tourists and it’s completely free!
A Dominican Extravaganza in Altos de Chavón
When: Every Monday, 3pm – 7pm
Where: Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo
Cost: FREE (for Casa de Campo villa owners residents and Casa de Campo resort guests)
• Dominican Carnaval Parade through Altos de Chavón: starts at approximately 5:30PM
• Kandela! Dominican music and dancing show at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater: starts at approximately 5:45PM
• Free picadera (Dominican snacks) – served with drinks at Gino in Trastevere, La Cantina and Papa Jack’s
PLEASE NOTE: The timetable outlined here is APPROXIMATE! And as this activity is new it is subject to change…..if you want to enjoy this experience we reccommend you head up to Altos de Chavón and just go with the flow!