JESUIT MISSIONS3 days / 2 nights
The seven-town region of Las Misiones Jesuíticas has some of Bolivia’s richest cultural and historic sites
The Chiquitania region receives its name from the native inhabitants of this area, the Chiquitos or Chiquitanos. Here Jesuit reductions (mission towns) were settled during the second half of the 17th Century (between 1691 and 1760). They remain in time as an extraordinary legacy because they are the only Jesuit missions in South America which were not destroyed after the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies.
The growing interest in the unique synthesis of Jesuit and native Chiquitano culture in the South American interior resulted in Unesco declaring the region a World Heritage Site in 1991.
Today it is possible to appreciate the beauty of the religious architecturethanks to the German architect Hans Roth and his team of experts who restored the churches of these centuries-old Missions, recovering their ageless splendour.
Thanks to 25 years of painstaking restoration work, directed by the late architect Hans Roth, the centuries-old mission churches have been restored to their original splendor.
DAY 1: At 7 a.m. Departure to San Javier, on the way there are beautiful towns such as Cotoca, Pailas, Pailón, Los Troncos. Arrival in San Javier, this mission is the oldest, dates from 1691, is in a landscape of hills and forests; its traditional houses with sun-dried brick walls are decorated with missionary motifs, creating a perfect atmosphere that highlights the majesty of this place. The trip continues to Concepción, lunch, on the way you can see different granite rock formations. Arrival to San Ignacio, through a landscape of lagoons and forests inhabited by wild endemic fauna. Dinner and rest.
DAY 2: Breakfast, departure to the most isolated Jesuit Missions, to appreciate the most genuine traditions. Visit the churches of San Miguel and San Rafael to observe the decorations and sculptures made by the indigenous population. Continuation of the trip to the temple of Santa Ana: this is the smallest church, and also the one that best preserves its original missionary spirit. Lunch and return to Concepcion. Dinner and rest.
DAY 3: Breakfast. Visit the Concepción church, an 18th century masterpiece, and the Missionary Museum to see the carvings on the pillars that support the churches. Continuation of the trip to San Javier and return to Santa Cruz.
- Private tourist transportation
- Bilingual local guide
- Full board
- Entrance fees
- 01 bottle of water per day
Does NOT include:
- Air tickets
- Airport taxes
- Extras not mentioned in the program
- Drinks and tips
What to bring:
- Sunscreen and camera.