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BOLIVIAN JESUIT MISSION – A RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

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11 Days
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What You Can Expect
  • A tourist destination of great cultural and historical richness, the Jesuit Missions are located in the eastern lowlands of Bolivia. Its value is manifested mainly in the architecture of its baroque style temples, adorned with precious carved altarpieces and impressive columns. The richness of the baroque music, composed and executed in the Missions, is a unique collection in all America.
  • Let´s discover the important neighbourhoods and markets of La Paz experiencing its smells, tastes and scenery. Let yourself be impressed by the majestic spiritual and political centre of the Tiwanaku Culture.
  • Copacabana with its lovely surrounding area invites you to relax and enjoy the local life spirit. From here you visit by catamaran the legendary Sun Island on the Lake Titicaca.
  • Expect one of the most beautiful experiences of your lifetime.
  • Submerge into ancient history and visit exotic places with friendly people in a colourful environment.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
arrival in la paz. check in hotel and free time
Day 2
la paz city tour
Day 3
copacabana town and sun island
Day 4
flight fron la paz to santa cruz
Day 5
Santa Cruz, San Javier and Concepción
Day 6
Concepción, San Ignacio de Velasco and San Miguel
Day 7
San Ignacio de Velasco, Santa Ana, San Rafael and San Jose de Chiquitos
Day 8
San Jose de Chiquitos and Chochis Sanctuary
Day 9
Santiago de Chiquitos
Day 10
Santiago de Chiquitos, Aguas Calientes and Santa Cruz
Day 11
santa cruz. flight back home
Itinerary

Day 1La Paz

• Upon your arrival, private transfer from the airport to your hotel.
• Overnight at preferred hotel in La Paz.

Day 2La Paz

• We will pick you up from the hotel to visit the famous Witches Market and the San Francisco Colonial Church.
• The tour will continue to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located.
• Then, you will visit the famous colonial Jaen Street where you see interesting museums, followed by a visit to a replica of the semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku’s culture.
• Now we change scenery and continue to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida.
• The trip will end with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where you have the opportunity to walk around and visit a ceramic workshop where you watch a demonstration of the pottery’s art.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in La Paz.
• Breakfast included.

Day 3La Paz and Sun Island

• Early in the morning, we go to Copacabana Sanctuary.
• Later you are going to board the catamaran to sail to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire.
• Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titicaca Reed Shipbuilders display centres, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft centre, the Intica lounge and find the largest variety of Andean camelids.
• The Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island also includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.
• Upon arrival at Copacabana harbour, we bring you to your selected hotel in La Paz.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in La Paz.
• Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4La Paz and Santa Cruz

• Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
• Flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz.
• Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in Santa Cruz.
• Breakfast included.

Day 5Santa Cruz, San Javier and Concepción

• You will go across Chiquitos plains, passing through Río Grande, San Ramon and the Jesuit Mission of San Javier. This is a beautiful colonial town with an impressive church, that was declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1990, just as the other churches on this circuit.
• After lunch, you will go through the open forests and savannas until you reach Concepcion town. This is the largest mission centre, with an outstanding Jesuit church built between 1753 and 1756, a true gem of the eighteenth century in Colonial and Baroque style.
• Your visit to the church will be complemented by the Missionary Museum, where original music scores of the Renaissance-Baroque period are preserved.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in Concepción.
• Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6Concepción, San Ignacio de Velasco and San Miguel

• You will take a trip to the Santa Rita community, to witness the skills of artisan women producing textiles according to their traditional customs and uses in the area (Cotton fibre / natural ochres).
• Continue to San Ignacio de Velasco and enjoy your lunch
• Then you head out to San Miguel and visit the church, also declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will appreciate its restoration workshops, as well as carvings and paintings on wood.
• Then, return to San Ignacio to finish the day visiting its church during mass.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in San Ignacio de Velasco.
• Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7San Ignacio de Velasco, Santa Ana, San Rafael and San Jose de Chiquitos

• You will depart to Santa Ana to appreciate the only church built by Indians and mestizos, despite having been initiated by the Jesuits. It has a rustic appearance and is smaller than the other churches. Inside the church, you will be able to appreciate the most beautiful organ, a genuine relic!
• Continue to San Rafael and visit the church. Both churches are also declared as World Heritage Sites. Then it’s off to San Jose de Chiquitos, crossing Chiquitos plains from north to south and having a box lunch on the way.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in San Jose de Chiquitos.
• Breakfast and box lunch included.

Day 8San Jose de Chiquitos and Chochis Sanctuary

• Visit the San Jose de Chiquitos mission complex. With a church and a museum, this is one of the oldest in the area, founded in 1696. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it’s different from the other churches because it’s the only one built of stone and lime.
• Take a trip across the bi-oceanic road, where the stunning scenery and a catholic shrine are appreciated at the foot of Chochis Sanctuary. This shrine presents a collection of wood carvings, showing the great legacy left by the Jesuits who taught art to evangelised locals. It was built in gratitude to the Asuncion Virgin and memory of the missing people from the 1979 floods.
• The journey continues to Santiago de Chiquitos, which still maintains its small and rustic church intact.
• In the afternoon, you will walk until you reach the Tucabaca Municipal Reserve’s viewpoint, where you will be able to appreciate the vast Bolivian Chiquitania. This magical place is called “La Antesala del Cielo” in Spanish, which means Anteroom from Heaven. You won’t want to miss this excursion, and you will find out why!
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in Santiago de Chiquitos.
• Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 9Santiago de Chiquitos

• Enjoy your free day in Santiago to explore its beautiful surroundings!
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in Santiago de Chiquitos.
• Breakfast included.

Day 10Santiago de Chiquitos, Aguas Calientes and Santa Cruz

• You will depart to Aguas Calientes, located on the shore of the river with the same name. These waters contain mineral hot water with medicinal properties because of the minerals’ concentration.
• After a relaxing bath, return to Santa Cruz, stopping half-way in San Jose de Chiquitos for lunch.
• The landscape returning to Santa Cruz is full of crops, depending on the periods, you will be able to see sunflowers, soya and even sorghum.
• Overnight at your preferred hotel in Santa Cruz.
• Breakfast included.

Day 11Santa Cruz

• Unfortunately, now it´s time to say Good-Bye, and we bring you back to the airport, to take your flight home.
• We are very proud to welcome you again in the future and to show you other marvellous and fantastic parts of the world.
• Breakfast included.

Price includes:

• Domestic airfares
• Personal pick up and transfer from/to the airport and hotel
• 10 nights at the best hotels in the chosen category
• Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 1 box lunch
• All entrance fees and professional guided tours
• All the taxes are included
• 24 hours assistance during your trip
• Fair and final price – No hidden fees and costs and no extra charges

Price excludes:

• International airfares
• Tips
• Travel insurance for trip cancellation
• Travel insurance for medical assistance

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