Located on Casa de Campo's property, Altos de Chavon looks like it’s stuck in a time warp. Perfect for a toga party, it’s an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village, replete with a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater. After some pathetic begging, I finally succeeded in getting the security guard to unlock the amphitheater’s gate. I mean, when else would I get to stand on the very stage where Santana once rocked Black Magic Woman and where Alicia Keys filmed part of her Karma video tapping on the ivories of a hot pink piano? I attempted to belt a tune myself – you’re lucky you weren’t there.
In addition to an art gallery, an archaeology museum, and an art school affiliated with Parsons School of Design in New York, Altos de Chavon also has several great restaurants.