JESUIT MISSIONS IN SANTA CRUZ

The Jesuit missions of Chiquitos are located at the northeast area of Bolivia, at about 200 kilometers from the city of Santa Cruz. These small towns where founded by the Jesuits (a religious order in the Catholic Church) at the end of the seventeenth century and maintained themselves in “Chiquitanas” territory over a century ago.
Declared "Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 1991 because of its high artistic level of construction, the buildings date between 1691 – 1760 and are of old Baroque style which brings admiration and interest to those that visit these places. With beautiful architectural work on temples, along with the magnificent golden altars, colossal columns of carved wood and paintings which belong to a unique collection in America.
The Jesuit missions of Chiquitos are testimony of the work of art by the Jesuits, importance and richness of the baroque music, composed and executed by the missions are all that make these missions extraordinary to visit.

SAN JAVIER

The baroque style church (built between 1749 y 1752, and restored between1987 and 1993) is part of the first Jesuit mission in Chiquitos founded in 1691. The edification invites to enjoy the artistic beauty of its architecture with carved ornaments in the columns and drawings in wood with yellow, brown and black colors.
Tourist Attractions:
The Plaza, Church (Altarpiece, chapel, confessional and belfry).

CONCEPCTION

Founded by the Jesuits in 1706 it has a Jesuit baroque style church built between 1752 and 1753, restored and reopened in1982 it is characterized by the simplicity and tranquility of its streets.It is the most important religious temple being considered as the jewel of the region, watching it at sunset is an unforgettable view. Here the past is revived during the celebrations of Semana Santa (Easter)
Tourist Attractions:
The Plaza, Bishop of the Vicariate Apostolic Cathedral, wooden campanile, confessionals, music archives, missionary and anthropology museums.

SAN IGNACIO DE VELASCO

Founded in 1748 it is considered the largest settlement through the missionary rout and main entry to the Noel Kempff Mercado Park. Characterized by the revaluation of the past mission buildings of ceramic workshops as well as workshops for furniture, hammocks, embroidering and leather accessories.
Tourist Attractions:
The Church of San Ignacio de Velasco, pulpit and confessionals, craft workshops, coffee plantations, the indigenous community of San Juancito and the viewpoint of Christ.

SAN JOSÉ DE CHIQUITOS

San José de Chiquitos, the third-oldest Jesuit mission in the Chiquitania, was founded in 1696. It is one of only four missions that has retained its original location. The town is quite peaceful, much like what Santa Cruz was fifty years ago: wide, dusty streets straight out of a Hollywood western movie, complete with cowboys, ranchers, and a dusty but charming main square.
Tourist Attractions:
The Park of Old Santa Cruz, Valley of the Moon, Turubo Hill, rock paintings and arts craft workshops.

SAN RAFAEL MISSION

San Rafael, the second oldest mission settlement, was established in 1696. Translated once in 1701 and again in 1750, it shares many of the same characteristics that nearby Santa Ana de Velasco and San Miguel de Velasco possess: a timeless charm, tranquil lifestyle, and fidelity to its Jesuit-inspired traditions.

SANTA ANA MISSION

Founded in 1755 Santa Ana is the last mission built by the Jesuits in Chiquitania and was founded only twelve years before the expulsion of the Jesuits. When the religious priests withdrew from the region the building of the church had just began and completed by the indigenous population, as a result the church maintains a rural rustic look and small in size compared to the other Jesuit missions. Surrounded by ordinary houses in a small town where at the time of the Jesuits it was customary for the care of the church to be passed on from father to son. Although renovated in the early 90´s the church still maintains its original appearance and instead of a choir, sits an Organ from the Jesuit period which was restored in year 2000.

JESUITS MISSIONS TOURS IN SANTA CRUZ

SAN JAVIER MISSIONS

06:00 am pick up from hotel/hostel in Santa Cruz and depart through a paved road passing through the tropical towns until arriving to San Javier, here you will visit the first and oldest mission founded by the Jesuit Francisco de Arce in1691. Being one of the first Jesuit Mission which means the beginning of the evangelization in the territory of Chiquitos, after the visit to the church we will visit the Mission Museum and school of music. Finalizing the tour at the natural viewpoint of “Piedra del Bibosi” and in the afternoon returning to the city of Santa Cruz.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch).

SAN JAVIER – CONCEPCIÓN MISSIONS

Day 01: SANTA CRUZ - SAN JAVIER - CONCEPCIÓN
06:00 am pick up from hotel/hostel in Santa Cruz and depart toward San Javier, passing through the tropical towns until arriving, once we arrive to San Javier you will visit the church which was founded by the Jesuit Francisco de Arce in the year 1691 as the first Jesuit Mission which signified the beginning of the evangelization in the territory of Chiquitos. After our visit lunch which will be provided and continue our trip to Conception where we will provide accommodation for the evening at a hotel.
Hotel: Provide bedroom with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch) + hotel accommodation.

Day 02: CONCEPCIÓN - SAN IGNACIO
08:00 am after breakfast we will visit the Church of Concepcion, a true and unique architectural gem and one of the most important workshops in restorations of the Jesuit Missions plus you will get to enjoy this beautiful small town that grabs you within its beauty. Around noon lunch will be provided and within afternoon hour return to Santa Cruz.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch).

SAN JAVIER– CONCEPCIÓN – SAN IGNACIO MISSIONS

Day 01: SANTA CRUZ - SAN JAVIER - CONCEPCIÓN
07:00 am pick up from hotel/hostel in Santa Cruz and depart towards San Javier, passing through tropical town, once we arrive to San Javier you will visit the church which was founded by the Jesuit Francisco de Arce in 1691 as the first Jesuit Mission which signified the beginning of the evangelization in the territory of Chiquitos. After our visit lunch will be provided and we will continue our trip to Conception where we will provide accommodation at a hotel for the evening.
Hotel: Provided private bedroom with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch) + Hotel in Concepción.

Day 02: CONCEPCION - SAN IGNACIO
08:00 am after breakfast we will visit the Church of Concepcion, a true and unique architectural gem and one of the most important workshops in restorations of the Jesuit Missions plus you will get to enjoy this beautiful small town that grabs you within its beauty. Around noon lunch will be provided and continue to San Ignacio de Velasco, on the way we will enjoy the precious natural landscapes and vegetation. San Ignacio is located at a height of 410 meters above sea level with an average temperature of 250C and is considered the largest population and commercial center in the area. It has a modern church building with original structures maintained on the altars, pulpit and confessionals, here you will enjoy the precision carvings, where craft techniques with natural materials of production was inherited by their ancestors.
Hotel: Provided private bedroom with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch) + Hotel.

Day 03: SAN IGNACIO - SANTA ANA - SAN RAFAEL - SAN MIGUEL
07:30 am after breakfast really early in the morning we will begin the circuit to the three populations with the largest and most important Jesuit Churches of the zone. First we will visit the Church of Santa Ana, it is one of the most authentic churches within the circuit which was initiated by the Jesuits and completed by the Indians themselves. We depart from Santa Ana to San Rafael where we will visit the beautiful temple with its Baroque style which dates from 1695, within you will find six original paintings of the missionary era, after the visit you will walk through the small town whose major activities is concentrated in the wood crafts.
Around noon we will provide lunch and continue on to San Miguel which was founded in 1721, it counts with a completely restored church that maintains the old style characteristics of other older churches. The altar at San Miguel has unique gold leafs, as well as the ceiling and the engravings on the natural paintings on the churches walls, San Miguel is known to be the cradle of excellent artists who still practice ancient arts of carving and art craft. Upon finishing the visit we will return to San Ignacio where you will receive accommodation at the previous Hotel.
Hotel: Provided private bedroom with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch) + Hotel.

Day 04: SAN IGNACIO - SANTA CRUZ
08:00am after breakfast at the hotel we will make our way back to Santa Cruz making several stops on the way for lunch and to take pictures of some of the beautiful landscapes of Santa Cruz. Upon arriving to Santa Cruz we will provide accommodation at Hotel.
Hotel: Provided private bedroom with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private transport, Mission tour (guide and lunch).

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