Desde la tropical ciudad de Santa Cruz, el mayor destino de negocios en Bolivia, iniciamos nuestro viaje hacia los pueblos de Chiquitos, declarados por la UNESCO como Patrimonio Cultural de…
Desde la tropical ciudad de Santa Cruz, el mayor destino de negocios en Bolivia, iniciamos nuestro viaje hacia los pueblos de Chiquitos, declarados por la UNESCO como Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, donde se conservan sus bellas iglesias y artes musicales, entre otras muestras de gran riqueza cultural.Other optional visits:
The Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos has endured for more than three centuries. It awakes admiration for the architecture of its mestizo-baroque temples where there are paintings, murals, splendid golden altars, colossal columns carved in wood and a variety of beautiful wood carvings decorating the altarpieces, pulpits and chest of drawers. The churches emulate European constructions due to the influence of the architect of the Missions, Jesuit Martin Schmid, who along with natives and Jesuits built these impressive churches where you can observe the technique learned by natives who enriched this art with their own visions.
We pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 and we head to the Jesuit Missions of San Xavier and Concepción. On our journey we pass through several towns from eastern low areas such as Puerto La Paila, Pailón (the Jesuit missions’ first gate), San Ramon and San Xavier. In this place we are going to experience our first missionary tour.
San Xavier was the first mission founded by Jesuits on 31 December, 1691. It hosted one of the music schools and workshops where musical instruments were manufactured at the time. Its main activities are farming, cattle-ranching and tourism. It is the gateway to the circuit of the Jesuit Missions. Its urban look creates an ideal environment that stresses the majesty of the missional group. During the festivities of San Pedro and San Pablo, the impressive ritual of Yarituses (29 June) is performed; it was also declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage. We pass through Las Piedras del Paquio where you will see the buffalos’ breeding center. Then, we continue our trip to San Ignacio where we expect to arrive at 8 pm.
We start a very busy day heading to the missions of San Miguel, San Rafael and a tour around the Missional Temples of Chiquitos, which are surrounded by abundant wildlife and vegetation in this paradisiacal region. In the afternoon, we will take a tour in the town of San Ignacio de Velasco, founded in 1748. It is the largest town of Chiquitania where the customs and traditions are kept alive both in the village and in the communities. One of its main attractions is the craft workshops and Guapomo Dam. Finally, we will travel four hours to the town of Concepción for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, we begin our tour in Conception, which in the past was one of the most important missions. The missional group of Conception is called as the ‘Missional Jewel’. Surrounded by exuberant nature, Concepción is a benchmark in biodiversity; it was declared ‘Sanctuary of the Orchid’ due to the wide variety of this flower in its natural habitat. The famous ‘Festival of the Orchid of Conception’ is performed annually in October. Here, we will visit the Anthropological Museum, the Missionary Church, their crafts centers and finally Zapoco Dam. In the afternoon, we return to Santa Cruz.