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World Heritage Jesuit Missions – 1 days

The ancient Jesuit missions of Chiquitos in the department of Santa Cruz (1691-1767) and those of Moxos in the department of Beni (1681-1767) constitute one of the main riches of regional and national cultural heritage. During the process of restoration of the Jesuit temples of these missions a great musical wealth was discovered: in Chiquitos 5,500 and in Moxos 7,000 sheets of sacred music written between the XVII and XVIII centuries, both by European musicians and by the indigenous Zone and that was interpreted daily in these towns until the middle of century XIX.

To this treasure is added the declaration of UNESCO in 1990 that named six villages of Chiquitos as Cultural Heritage of Humanity as “living villages”, since unlike other ancient Jesuit villages that are only ruins, in Chiquitos are still preserved Its beautiful churches, the musical scores, its customs, clothes, parties, ceremonies, manufacture of instruments and many of them the musical tradition. These towns are San Xavier (distant 240 km from Santa Cruz de la Sierra), Concepción (290 km), Santa Ana (520 km), San Rafael (550 km), San Miguel (515 km) and San José de Chiquitos (280 km), but in addition the other missions, although not included in the declaration by UNESCO are part of this circuit and also of extraordinary appeal; These missions are: San Ignacio de Velasco (460 km), Santiago de chiquitos (420 km) and Santo Corazón (640 km). But the Festival also reaches other towns (more than three thousand kilometers of route) that were former Jesuit missions from other regions of the Department of Santa Cruz and Beni as well as Franciscan missions and Mercedarians of the territory of Santa Cruz. This project is unique because it revolves around this lively and dynamic cultural heritage of its peoples who maintain their traditions.

Day 1

Early in the morning, Hrs 06:00 pick up from the hotel to leave for San Javier mission village located in Gran Chiquitania just 4 hours drive from the city of Santa Cruz.

On the way we can enjoy the landscape, observe the fauna and flora of the place.

Arrival at San Javier, lunch at local restaurant.

San Javier: The Church of the Baroque mestizo style (built and designed by Father Martin Schmidt between 1749 and 1752) and restored between 1987 and 1993) is part of the first Jesuit mission in Chiquitos founded in 1691 and the basis for the development of the Jesuit Missions. The building invites you to enjoy the artistic beauty of its architecture with carved ornaments in the columns and the wood drawings with yellow, brown and black colors.
In the afternoon we visit the church and the sacred museum and walk around the town to feel and enjoy the kindness of the Chiquitanos and learn a little of their culture and return to Santa Cruz.


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