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World Heritage Jesuit Missions – 2 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
SANTA CRUZ / COTOCA / SAN JAVIER / CONCEPCIÓN

After breakfast at 8:00 am transfer to Cotoca and visit this picturesque Villa, El Santuario de la Virgen de Cotoca, patron of Santa Cruz, Cruz and if we are lucky we will be able to find lazy bears in the trees of the square.

We continue trip to San Javier, enjoying the landscape, fauna and flora of the place. Arrival and 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 visit of the Church and the Sacred Museum. We continue our trip to Concepción. Arrival and accommodation at the Gran Hotel Concepcion or similar.

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2
CONCEPCIÓN / SANTA RITA / CONCEPCIÓN / SANTA CRUZ

Breakfast at the Hotel, at 8:00 am, transfer to the village of Santa Rita for the visit, Santa Rita: an indigenous community of the East Bolivian, make cotton blankets with natural colors for sale of visitors, where we support For its development.

We return to Concepción to visit the church and Concepción Museum, Concepción: it has a church of baroque mestizo style, built with 3 rows of columns carved in wood, altars and paintings made by local Indians. This church is considered as the jewel of the region, seeing at dusk is an unforgettable sight (built between 1752 and 1753, restored and reopened between 1978 – 1982. The village was founded in 1706.

After the visit of the Church, lunch in local restaurant, return to the city of Santa Cruz.

 

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