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Jesuit Missions Tours In Bolivia

Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos are located in the department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Six of these missions have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990.

In these Jesuit Missions it possible to  distinguishe a unique mixture of European cultural blend  with very little of the native culture. Since the local tribes were forced to convert themselves to the Christianity. Read More.....

Jesuit missions tours

Jesuit Missions Tours

San Javier, Concepcion, San Ignacio, San Miguel, Santa Ana
San Rafael, San Jose De Chiquitos

 Jesuit Missions Tours - Chiquitos

A trips to the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos is a physically and psychologically direct contact with the methods used by Jesuits to achieve the goal of changing the culture of the tribes in the region...Read More

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 1 Day 0 Nights Jesuit Missions Tours

Jesuit Missions Tours

San Javier and Concepcion

From The City of Santa Cruz

1 Day 0 Night

At 7.30 a.m. we will pick you up to take you to the town of Concepcion located 280 kilometers away  This trip will be done on a paved road, passing by several towns and villages of migrants people from the high lands of bolivia and Mennonites colonies.

This trip is crossing an agricultural area, which grows soybean, sunflower, and several types of other grains. There, we can also realize the relentless advance of the agricultural frontier from 30 Kilometers (48.38 Miles) off Santa Cruz. The trip to Concepcion takes approximately 6 hours.


On the way we will stop in San Javier on 542 meters on sea level. In San Javier, a town with indigenous background, founded in the year 1691 by the Jesuits. 

We visit its famous Jesuit church and the museum in company of a specialist guide, who will explain us some details of the work done by the natives and the Jesuits.

Lunch in San Javier or in Concepción. Then we continue to Concepcion.

On the way to Concepcion we may stop in more than one place, but in one in special called "Las Piedras" name given to it because the huge rocks are very striking in this private property  with a nice lake and beutiful landscape

Lunch in San Javier or in Concepción. Then we continue to Concepcion.

Concepcion is on 534 meters above sea level and its  inhabitants are mostly  Chiquitanos´ background. And other tribes gathered here the time of the Jesuits, although there are also people of foreign background

This town was founded by the Jesuits in the year 1708 with 10 different tribes, each of these tribes then spoke different languages and worship different gods, each of these gods represented the nature.

In this town we will visit the Museum, and the church with a specialist guide. Also this guide will tell us different details of the work done by the Jesuits. After this we return to the city of Santa Cruz, where we will be arriving at night time.


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2 Days 1 Night

San Javier and Concepcion - Jesuit Missions Tours

From The City of Santa Cruz

2 Days 01Night

At 7.30 a.m. we will pick you up to take you to the town of Concepcion located 280 kilometers away  This trip will be done on a paved road, passing by several towns and villages of migrants people from the high lands of bolivia and Mennonites colonies.

This trip is crossing an agricultural area, which grows soybean, sunflower, and several types of other grains. There, we can also realize the relentless advance of the agricultural frontier from 30 Kilometers (48.38 Miles) off Santa Cruz. The trip to Concepcion takes approximately 6 hours.

On the way we will stop in San Javier on 542 meters on sea level. In San Javier, a town with indigenous background, founded in the year 1691 by the Jesuits. 

We visit its famous Jesuit church and the museum in company of a specialist guide, who will explain us some details of the work done by the natives and the Jesuits.

Lunch in San Javier or in Concepción. Then we continue to Concepcion.

On the way to Concepcion we may stop in more than one place, but in one in special called "Las Piedras" name given to it because the huge rocks are very striking in this private property  with a nice lake and beutiful landscape

Concepcion is on 534 meters above sea level and its  inhabitants are mostly  Chiquitanos´ background. And other tribes gathered here the time of the Jesuits, although there are also people of foreign background

This town was founded by the Jesuits in the year 1708 with 10 different tribes, each of these tribes then spoke different languages and worship different gods, each of these gods represented the nature.

Once In this town we will drive you to your hosting place.

The visit to Museum, and the church with a specialist guide could be done today or tomorow morning.

During the tour in Concepcion guide will tell us different details of the work done by the Jesuits. After this we return to the city of Santa Cruz, where we will be arriving at night time.

Dinner and ovenight in Concepcion

2nd Day

If we took the tour to the church and to the museum the day before. Today after breakfast at 9:00 we will go to the craft work shops or to a place call El Orquidiario. (Orchid´s place) Also we can visit the dam of the town.

We need to leave Concepcion towards Santa Cruz about 10:30, so our time lunch is going to be around San Ramon or San Javier. This will depend on how our itinerary is going.

We will reach Santa Cruz about 16:00 hours to bring you to your place.

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3 Days 2 Nights

From the City of Santa Cruz

3 Days 2 Night

1st Day

At 7:30A.M. we will pick you up to take you to the town of San Ignacio located 476 kilometers away (767.74 miles)

This town is on 530 meters above sea level About half of this trip will be done on a paved road, passing by several towns and villages of people that moved from the high lands of bolivia to the low lands of santa Cruz. Also on the way we may see some Mennonitescolonies.

This trip is crossing an agricultural area, which grows soybean, sunflower, and several other types of grains. There, we can also realize the relentless advance of the agricultural frontier from 30 Kilometers (48.38 Miles) off Santa Cruz. The trip to San Ignacio takes approximately 9 hours.

On the way we will stop in San Javier  on 542 meters on sea level

 San Javier, is a town with indigenousbackground, founded in the year 1691 by the Jesuits.

In this town in company of a guide we will visit its famous Jesuit church and its museum. The guide will tells about how the the work of the jesuits to change the culture of the natives of the Chiquitania and others details about it.

Lunch would be in San Javier or before.

After San Javier we keep going to Concepcion for about 1 hour and a half.

Once in Concepcion the guide will Show us the church and museums and the work done by the native people and the jesuits and about the restauration process in this town

Concepcion is on 534 meters above sea level largely Chiquitanos´ background. And other tribes gathered here the time of the Jesuits, although there are also people of foreign background.

This town was founded by the Jesuits in the year 1708 with 10 different tribes, each of these tribes then spoke different languages and worship different gods, each of these gods represented the nature.

We leave Concepcion as early as we can because we still have a long drive to San Ignaciio de Velasco.

We  may be arriving at San Ignacio at about 18:00 hours at or earlierDinner and overnight in San Ignacio de Velasco

2nd Day

If you did not have the time to visit the church of San Ignacio de Velasco the day before we will try to do it today before starting the long trip to San Jose de Chiquitos. Today we may not have a guide to accompany us,

 Before arriving at San Jose de Chiquitos we plan to visit the Jesuit churches, in the small towns of San Rafael San Miguel,  and/or Santa Ana.

These churches hold much of the original work of the Tribes and Jesuit missionaries.

The first village we visit is San Miguel de Velasco

In San Miguel de Velasco there is a wood workshop and a souvenirs shop. We can also visit these places. You do not have to  buy anything.

After San Miguel we drive San Rafael. It is about 40 km on a dirt road.

From San Rafael we have to drive back about 30 Km  to visit Santa Ana de Velasco.

Sometimes it is not possible to visit San Javier and Santa Ana during a 3 day tours. In these cases you have to choose between San Miguel and Santa Ana

In Santa Ana we will try to hear some baroque music from the local people.

From Santa Ama we have to go through San Rafael to keep going to San Jose de Chiquitos.  Still 170 km down the road.

The total time from  San Ignacio until we get to San Jose de Chiquitos can be 6 hours or more.

This depends on the time spent visiting the churches and on the conditions of the roads 

Once in San Jose de Chiquitos, we check in at our respective hotels or Hostels. or we go directly to visit the jesuit mission complex which has a museum.

In case the guided tour in San Jose de chiquitos was not possible to do it today. It can be done tomorow.

3rd Day

If the day before the time was not enough to visit the church and the museum of San Jose de Chiquitos. This day is possible to do it after breakfast

Later we headed to the city of Santa Cruz distant about 4 hours away.

The whole road to the city of Santa Cruz is paved.

Lunch would be in a small town 20 km for the city of Santa Cruz or in some other place along the road

After arriving in the ciy of Santa Cruz we take to your hotel.

Some parts of this tour may be change to make it better.

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4 Days 3 Nights

From the City of Santa Cruz

4 Days 3 Nights 

1th Day

At 8:00 we pick you up to take you to the town of Concepcion located about 295 kilometros from Santa Cruz

During this trip, and about 40 kilometers after leaving Santa Cruz, we passed through several small towns of people from the highlands of Bolivia (Altiplano) and also we pass close by some Mennonite colonies.

This trip is across a vast agricultural area, where the main production is the Soya, sunflower and other grains in smaller amounts.

Here, about 30 km way from the city of Santa Cruz, you can see the relentless advance of the agricultural frontier.

During this tour we will stop in San Javier, a town with 12,000 or more inhabitants and 542 meters on sea level

In San Javier most people are or have large native background.

This town was founded in 1691 by the Jesuits. In this town we visit the mission church and museum in the company of a guide.

He or She will show us different parts of the church, telling us about contruccion of the missions and the methodology used by the Jesuits to implement the changes in the Chiquitania and their area of influence.

The guide will give us also details of the restoration projects for the Jesuit Missions

Lunch at San Javier or perhaps earlier. Depending on how this trip has been developing.

After San Javier we go to the another missional town. Concepcion, which is located about 60 km more on the way.

Its elevation is 534 meters. And has about 15,000 or more inhabitants most of whom also descendants of the Zamucos or others trbes that were brought here against their will, to found this jesuit reduction

Concepcion was founded in 1708, with the Zamucos and ten others different tribes. Each one of these tribes used to worship different gods all of them represented in the nature of the forest.

In Concepcion in company of a guide, we visit the church and the two museums which are larger than the one in San Javier. Here too, the guide will give you a detailed explanation of the exhibiting objects, with an explanation of the restoration work of the Jesuit churches.

It is also possible we also visit the wooden workshop where the local people make the wood carving.

Dinner and overnight in Concepción. If  the first day the time is not enough to visit the church and museums, this can be done the 2nd Day.

2nd Day

After breakfast, we may stop at the church one more time for some more photos with a different sunshine angle

Continuing our trip to San Ignacio de Velasco, still 171 km away, which means about 3 or 4 hours because the bad road conditions.

Lunch will be at a simple small restaurant on the road, with only one or two meals to choose from, or it could be once we arrive at San Ignacio. Of course it depends on how you feel at the time.

San Ignacio´s church was redesigned and changed entirety in 1998. Although still keep some original wood work

San Ignacio de Velasco is the only church of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos that was not declared world heritage by UNESCO.

The trip to San Miguel will be directly after arriving at San Ignacio depending on the time available to get to San Miguel before noon.

In San Miguel besides visiting the church we may go to the wooden and craft shop of the village, so you can buy some souvenirs right from the woodshop.

Dinner and overnight in San Ignacio.

3th Day

After breakfast and early morning, we start the trip to San Jose de Chiquitos distant 245 kilometers from this town

During this trip we will visit the mission of Santa Ana distant about 40 kilometers of San Ignacio de Velasco.

In village of Santa Ana we will visit the church and also we will try to listen to some interpretation of Baroque music, if the right people is in town.

After Santa Ana, we go to the jesuit mission of San Rafael, located 35 miles from Santa Ana. In San Rafael we have the oppotunity of visting the church of the town.

From San Rafael we keep going yo San Jose de Chiquitos still distant 170 km for travell this day.

The total time since leaving San Ignacio until we get to San Jose de Chiquitos can be 6 hours or more, this depends on the conditions of the roads

Once in San Jose de Chiquitos, we check in at our respective hotels or Hotals. or we go directly to visit the jesuit mission complex which has a museum.

This is a guided tour and includes several rooms where the recent restoration works have been discovered paintings of the Jesuit missionary era and beyond it

A visit to the church of San Jose de Chiquitos and its museum can be considered a final complement to the history of the Jesuits in the Chiquitos.

This museum was inaugurated on February 26th, 2011

Dinner and overnight in San Jose de Chiquitos

4th Day

If the day before the time was not enough to visit the church and the museum of San Jose de Chiquitos. This day is possible to do it after breakfast

Later we headed to the city of Santa Cruz distant about 5 hours away.

The whole road to the city of Santa Cruz is paved.

After arriving in the ciy of Santa Cruz we take to your hotel.

Some parts of this tour may be change to make it better.

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Tours In Bolivia is the only original source of this Itinerary.

Adverse climatologic conditions or social unrest can chage the original itinerary.

Tours In Bolivia is the only original source of this Itinerary

Tours In Bolivia also offers longer and shorter Tours to this destination.

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(DO NOT BRINGS THINGS YOU MAY DO NOT NEED)

- Sunscreen

- A Cap or a Hat  ( No to be used under the trees or branches)

- Sun Glasses

- A Warm Sweater

- Raincoat

- Swimsuit ( You may not have time to use it in one day tours)

- Insect Repellents

- Long-sleeved shirt- Pants 

- Passport (Original) Or identifications documents valid in Bolivia

- Plastic bags  to protect whatever you do not want to get wet

- Trekking Shoes or others proper Shoes.

- Bring your own medication for your personal needs

- Personal items you may need

- Extra food, cookies or sweets of your choice

Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos

In the colonial era of South America, regions were controlled or divided  between Spanish and Portugueses. A big partion was remained untapped until the end of the seventeenth centur.

When Spanish Crown, sent the Jesuits to founded several Jesuit missions in the regions that are now known as El Beni And Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The Spanish intention was economic among other  interests  and  to sit presence of the crown in  "conquered" regions since the Portugueses were approaching by what is  now known as Brazil

The Jesuits among others abilities new a lot about  architecture so they forced local people to constructed the churches.

The natives new much about music, but they were also forced to sing and play the notes brought by the Jesuits. Consequently  this was another great mutation to native  culture.

After the expulsion of the Jesuits from the Spanish colonies, most of the missions were abandoned and deteriorated.

The Jesuit missions of the Chiquitania were unique in the preservation of their original structure. With the arrival of Hans Roth this conservation was essential  to be able to achieve a reconstruction with in its original lines of the temples. The restoration project began in 1972 

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