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“Amazing Place”

Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

This was our best experience in Bolivia. Amazing history, beautifully restored Churches, fantastic landscapes and wildlife. We hired a car for 9 days and visited the 7 mission towns on the usual "loop". 6 of the 7 churches are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we were the only people there when we visited! We also visited Chochís (amazing) and Santiago de  Chiquitos. There is loads of beautiful places to see near Santiago - waterfalls, caves, wildlife. Toucans frequently flew across the road in front of our jeep! Stunning place. Well worth the effort to visit.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We did the circuit clockwise (march 2012), on purpuse travelling during the day to enjoy the landscapes. There are busses every day, but one has to ask around for times and location of departure. Speaking Spanish makes your life a lot easier in this area. There are working ATM´s from Banco Union in Concepción and San José. Expect basic facilities, although in Concepción and San Ignacio there are 4-5 star hotels.

San Javier: plenty of lodging and a restaurant at the plaza. No entrance fee to the church. Beautiful church, very rustic.

Concepción: 25 bs entrance fee to see church, museum of the church and mission museum on the plaza.
Eating: El buen gusto or Social Club Ñuflo de Chávez both on the plaza. On sunday evenings most restaurants are closed, we finally ended up in the ´Pollo a la broaster´ near the bus station.
Staying: we heard some good stories about Hotel Colonial, half a block from the plaza, although we stayed in El Viajero (neighbours to Htl Tarija) which was really crap, but super cheap (bs30 for a double room).

San Ignacio; Officially not one of the Mission churches, because it was completely destroyed and build up from scratch again. Beautiful coloured church though, worth a visit. In the Lake (Represe) near the village live pirañas, which are particularly in a biting mood in November when they lay their eggs, don{t go swimming then!.
Eating: We had a good value lunch at the Social Club at the plaza. There are numerous other options, the tourist info has a map and if you ask, also some recommendations.
Transport: There is a taxi service to San Rafael via San Miguel 3x a day and a busservice in the afternoon. Also once a day there´s a bus to San Rafael via Santa Ana (we didn´t visit Santa Ana).

San Miguel: The church has a very fine mica-pulpit. Staying: Best place to stay is Alojamiento Middagh, half a block of the plaza, standing before the church the far street on your right (Calle Sucre). It´s clean, cosy and a breakfast included, bs 60 for a double room, clean shared bathroom. Tlf: 773-3504
Eating: La Pascana on the plaza and Casona Vieja (no sign), 1 block from the plaza.
Transport: Busses to San Rafael depart opposite the Kinder. Standing before the church, far left corner.

San José: The only stone church.
Eating: Best place to eat is Sabor y Artes, closed on Mondays.
Transport: there is a new paved road between san José and Roboré. A taxi (collectivo) service runs 3 times a day from San J to Roboré, at 9.00, 14.00 and 18.00. A bus runs at 16.00, both 1,5 hours to Chochís and 2 hours to Roboré. Departure and office opposite the railway station. (20bs one way)

Chochís: although not part of the official Jesuit Mission Circuit, it´s a shame not to go there when you´re so near! It has a beautifully situated Sanctuario with fantastic wood carvings. The sight of El Portón the big red stone rock (>1km height) is impressive.
Transport: One can visit Chochís in a daytrip, taking the taxi in the morning and picking it up at the highway in the afternoon, either continuing to Roborë or going back to San José. The taxi drops you at the highway, take the dusty road to the village and go straight on when you can turn right for village/church/plaza. At the T-junction go left and you find the paved road to the Sanctuario Mariano.
Train: only the regional train stops in Chochís, on mon-wed-fri 19.30h, 77bs pp to Santa Cruz, airconditioned train/Ferrobus doesn´t stop in Chochís, so to take that one you´ll have to go to Roboré.
Staying: Eco albergue (140bs double room) 800m from the plaza, (street next to hospital, follow sign) turn left just before the railway. Contact: ecoturismo@probioma.org.bo 591-3-3431332 Eating: el Pollo Al Espiedo, run by a Brasilero in a caravan on the plaza. Tasty vegetarian pasta!
(We have fantastis pictures, but this website won´t allow them, not enough pixels.)

Transport (in bs pp):
Sta Cruz - San Javier 35
San Javier - Concepcion 10
Concepcion - San ignacio 50
San Ignacio - San Miguel 12
San Miguel - San Rafael 10
San Rafael - San Jose 40
San Jose - Chochís 20
Chochís - Santa Cruz train 77

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