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Foto:Cerrania de Chochis. Autor; Marcos Echazu

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Serrania de Santiago De Chiquitos

The best landscapes of Bolivia

Santiago De Chiquitos was founded in 1754 as Mission Jesuitica Santiago de Chiquitos is has high level of preservation. It is located within the protected area of ​ Valley Tucavaca at the foot of the mountains of  Santiago the climate is cool,  water is clean and the people is  friendly

Some of the  nearest   attractions  are :

El Large Mirador (View Point)

This is the bigest Mirador of the circuit of the viewpoints and is about 20 minutes further up is the Mirador Chico . From this view point you have a beautiful view of the Valley of Tucavaca  and to other parts of the Serrania (hills) de Santiago.

Small Arc and Big Arch

This Arc is part of the circuit of the arches and caves and is located about two hours from the main plaza

The Hill

The Hill is a most beautiful waterfall with a drop of water of 20 meters high with gold color stones in the bottom. It is possible to  reach the hill after a walk of an hour and a half from main plaza

Big Cave

The largest cave is part of the circuit of arches and caves and is located about two hours from Santiago. In the cave there are bats and birds, insects   The environment around the cave is much cooler and wetter than the around Serrania of  Santiago.

The Natural pools

A half an hour walk from the village of Santiago , are Las Pozas (pools) It is a spectacular site of more than 10 pools of clear water, with different sizes and depths

Eco-Tourism in the Chiquitania

It is possible to visit this part of Santa Cruz in Two  Days or more. In this tours or  trips you may combine Santiago De Chiquitos with another Jesuit Mission like San Jose de Chiquitos and others  attractions like the  Chochis village  Aguas Calientes and some native communities or villages  besides Santiago de Chiquitos. When visitors have more time available  it possible to extend the trip to Kaa Iya National park or Otuquis national park in El Pantanal

Chochis
The best landscapes of Bolivia

The best landscapes of Bolivia

Chochís is a village in Bolivia, located in the municipality of Robore in the Chiquitos Province of the Santa Cruz Department.
It has a population of 635 inhabitants (2012 National Census) and is situated 360 km away from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It can be reached by road (Bioceanic Highway) in 5 hours or by rail in 9 hours.
Among its main attractions are the Chochís Hill and some spectacualar view poins to appreciate incredible landscapes from La Serrania of Chochis.
This touristiic destination es totally off the beaten tracks.
Chochís has been declared a Municipal and Departmental Cultural and Natural Heritage site, with ongoing efforts for national recognition. It is surrounded by a landscape characterized by high plateaus covered with lush green vegetation, perched atop steep cliffs, and solitary towers of arid rock.

Hervores Aguas Calientes

This part of the river is called "Los Hervores"

"Los Hervores" (The Boilers) is known like this because there are some places of the river where the depth is below the the knee with small spots of water and sand that seems to boil and the sand bubbles rise to the top of the water current. At these Hervores the temperature seems to be higher than 40 º C. The surface of the sand is not dense enough to support the weight of a person, so some one who step in this parts of the river may suddenly collapse down the whole, but ony half of the body
Although this does not represent any physical thread, you may take care of your photo equipment or similar instruments. These parts are easy to see because the water is very clear

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Amboro National Park
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Girls In the Paradise

Noel Kempf National park
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Noel Kempf National Park North Side

Eco-Tourism In La Gran Chiquitania  

The best landscapes of Bolivia

Eco-Tourism in the Chiquitania

It is possible to visit this part of Santa Cruz in Two  Days or more. In this tours or  trips you may combine Santiago De Chiquitos with another Jesuit Mission like San Jose de Chiquitos and others  attractions like the  Chochis village  Aguas Calientes and some native communities or villages  besides Santiago de Chiquitos. When visitors have more time available  it possible to extend the trip to Kaa Iya National park or Otuquis national park in the bolivian Pantanal

Santiago De Chiquitos -Tours Details

- Standard Itinerary:
 3 Day 2 Nights

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- Chochis

- Aguas Calientes

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- What To Bring.......?



Itinerary Santiago De Chiquitos
Three Days Two Nights

The best landscapes of Bolivia

San Jose De Chiquitos, Chochis and Aguas Calientes

3 Days 2 Nights

From the city of Santa Cruz

San Jose de Chiquitos,  Chochis, Santiago de Chiquitos, Aguas Calientes and Tucavaca Valley

1st Day

The commence of one of  this Santiago Chiquitos Tours is at 08:00 in the morning.

Today´s destination Santiago de Chiquitos village

After about one hour driving we cross a river called "Rio Grande right after  a police control point.

Please carry with you your passport or your country I.D.  if your are from a country which is part or the MECOSUR agreement. Also please bring the small sheet of paper that you get when entering the country

On the way we cross vast fields of Soya, sunflower and other commercial  grains

along the highway we can see many entrances to Mennonite colonies, they are here because the land is good for agriculture.

After about 3 1/2 hours driving on we will arrive at our fist destination of today is San Jose de Chiquitos.

This town  was the third reduction  founded  as a mission of aboriginal "chiquitanos" by the Jesuits   in March 19, 1697

In this place we can visit the museum related to it 

We may have lunch in San Jose de Chiquitos.

In the case that for some reason the visit to the church o museum is not possible to do it today we would have to do it on our way back to Santa Cruz City

After San Jose de Chiquitos we return to the highway to   keep going to reach Chochis. Located about 90 kilometer from San Jose de Chiquitos

During this trip on the paved highway , we will have the opportunity  to appreciate the beautiful red tinted mountains  that seems to glow with the sun down  reflects on it like.  Specially for the first time visitors.

Chochis is on 250 on sea level. And it has about one thousand five hundred inhabitants.

As we get close to Chochis we can see a special  mountain  named also Chochis (strong wind)

After having the feeling of being mixed with redish and green montains of the highway we arrived to the square of Chochis.  This place is  special for people that like the tranquility  and the beautiful landscapes

In Chochis we could walk to visit one of its main attractions. Which is the Sanctuary Mariano de la Torre, the distance is only about 3 km. Also if visitors prefer you can go in the car

Sanctuary  Mariano de la Torre is  a Church was built on a hill and it was designed and  by the  artifice of the restorations of the Churches of the Jesuit missions of Chiquitos Hans Roth in 1988

Here you can appreciate the ability and talent of this person as well as the his recognition for the nature and for the local tribes, because in this place we can see wood carving  showing  native  species of trees. And a native man and woman in theirs original size

Beside from wood carving  what we can see is the usage of large amounts of local construction material.  As  red stones which seem to be used in all the walls and this looks as a very good combination  with the surrounding  mountains right outside the building.

(Please keep in mind that the visit to Chochis is more likely to be done  on our way back to the city of Santa Cruz.)

After Chochis we get on the highway towards Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes which is a small community   almost on the side of the highway a few blocks block in driving in the community we get to a river known also with the same name of the community. In this river the water have a temperature of approximately 40 ° C with a sandy riverbed.

On both sides of the river in the part where there is no human presence the vegetation is exotic and lush.

This part of the river is called "Los Hervores" 

"Los Hervores" (The Boilers) is known like this because there are some places of the river where the depth is  below the the knee with small spots of water and sand that seems to boil and the sand bubbles rise to the top of the water current. At these Hervores the temperature seems to be higher than 40 º C.  The surface of the sand is not dense enough to support the weight of a person, so some one who step in this parts of the river  may suddenly  collapse down the whole,  but ony half of the body

Although this does not represent any physical  thread,  you  may take care of your photo equipment or similar instruments. These parts are easy to see because the water is very clear

Upstream the river is deeper but still hot

Many local and nearby people as well as from the city of Santa Cruz and other parts of the country come to Aguas Calientes looking for   to find relief from some physical problems.

Dinner would be   in a small place in the village

Overnight in Santiago de Chiquitos

2nd Day

After breakfast we should start the day with a lot encourage for trekking.

We can start walking right from the village or we can use the vehicle for 3 or 2 kilometers to get closer to the trails. In some parts the trail is uphill.

The  trekking time this day can be six or seven hours, usually over here the sun is very strong and the vegetation  is very low. We recommend you to take all the items you need for this kind of trekking.

The trekking is not fast, rather is slow and always enjoying the great views.

These views are  different depending on how heigh you are and on what side of the plateau  of  Tucabaca Valley.

Once we have walk around the top of Tucabaca Valley we need to get back to the town of Santiago de Chiquitos for lunch.

After lunch an a short rest, we should get ready for another trekking  toward the caves of Juan Miserendino.

We leave the hostal or hotel again towards the reserve of Tucabaca but the entrance to the plateau this time is from a different part. On the way  in the distance we can see the top of the plateau.

The trail to the caves go through a secondary forest with some typical trees

Once on the top the trails goes also through a flat pampas place

The "Arco is a well known reference in Tucabaca Valley

Fiinally we get to the entrance of the cave after about 2 or 3 hours of trekking

The first part entering the cave es very narrow, low and dark. ( You need a torch light)  

After a few meters inside the space gets big. At one moment it is possible to see a bit of sunlight. But more inside the path gets again very small 

After visiting Juan Miserendino Caves we need to get back to the town of Santiago de Chiquitos

Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Chiquitos

3ird Day

After breakfast we should start our return to the city of Santa Cruz

The return is on the same road, and lunch may is going to be in San Jose de Chiquitos or in some other place down the road.

If We missed to visit San Jose or Chochis on the first day we have the chance to do it today

We will be in the city of Santa Cruz about 16:00 hours

Once in the city we drive  to your hotel

End of one of our Santiago Chiquitos Tours

 What To Bring ?

(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

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