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JESUIT MISSIONS OF CHIQUITOS

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Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights

 / Declared by UNESCO as World Heritage, the great churches are very well preserved as the musical arts of the people.

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DAY 1        SANTA CRUZ – SAN XAVIER – SAN IGNACIO

Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos have endured for more than three centuries; they awake admiration for the architecture of its baroque style temples which include paintings, murals, splendorous golden altars, colossal columns carved in wood and a variety of beautiful carvings at the altars, pulpits and cajonerías. The churches emulate European constructions due to the influence of the architect of the missions the Jesuit Martin Schmid, who in partnership with indigenous built these impressive churches where you can appreciate the technique learned by native art that becomes enriched with their own ways of living.
Departure at hrs. 7:30 from your hotel towards the Jesuit Mission of San Xavier. Along the way we will pass through several villages in the eastern lowlands such as Puerto Paila, Pailón (the first door of the Jesuit Missions), San Ramon, San Xavier 
This is the town where we make our first missionary tour, San Xavier was the first mission founded by the Jesuits on December 31, 1691, it was home of one of the music schools and workshops for making musical instruments at that time. Its main orientation is to agriculture, livestock and tourism, is the gateway to the Jesuit Missions circuit. Its townscape creates an ideal environment that emphasizes the majesty of the mission.
During the festival of "San Pedro y San Pablo" (June 29th) the Yarituses ritual takes place, this festival is considered a Cultural and Immaterial Heritage for the region. 

Includes: 1 night of accommodation at Hotel La Mision or similar, Private transportation, Bilingual guide service (English-Spanish), Tickets to attractive
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 2        SAN IGNACIO - SAN MIGUEL - SAN RAFAEL - SAN IGNACIO - CONCEPCION

We start a very intense day with a trip to the missions of San Miguel, San Rafael and a tour to the MissionTemples of Chiquitos, surrounded by plenty of wildlife and vegetation in this mind-blowing region. 
In the afternoon we take the missionary tour in the town of San Ignacio de Velasco, founded in 1748, is the largest municipality of the Chiquitania, this town and the surrounding small communities keep alive customs and traditions and in their communities, one of its main attractions are the craft workshops and Guapomó Dam
Finally we will go to the town of Concepcion, it is 4 hours far.

Includes: 1 Night of accommodation at Hotel Chiquitos  or similar, Private transportation, Bilingual guide service (English-Spanish), Tickets to attractive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3    CONCEPCION - SANTA CRUZ 

After breakfast we start our tour in Concepcion, this town once was one of the most important Jesuit missions, Concepcion Mission is referred to as "The Missionary Jewel", surrounded by breath taking nature, Concepción is an example for its   biodiversity, the town was declared "sanctuary of the Orchid" because of the great variety of this flower in their natural habitat, annually we can enjoy the famous “Orchid Festival in Concepcion” in October. 
We will visit the Anthropological Museum, the Missionary Church, their craft centers and finally the Zapocó dam.
In the afternoon return to Santa Cruz

Includes: Private transportation, Bilingual guide service (English-Spanish), Tickets to attractive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

  • San Xavier
  • Concepción
  • San Ignacio
  • San Miguel 
  • San Rafael

Important Notes:

  • Special fares during the Baroque Music festival
  • The tour begins and ends in your hotel in Santa Cruz
  • Operations during rainy season (from November to April) under consultation
  • Handicrafts workshops open from Monday to Friday
  • Departures everyday
  • Not included: Transport to and from Santa Cruz, Accommodation in Santa Cruz, Meals and services not specified, Beverages in restaurants and hotels, Extra expenses, Insurance, Tips

Route

  1. Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  2. San Xavier
  3. San Ignacio
  4. San Miguel
  5. San Rafael
  6. Concepción