Cultural Tour: Baroque and Jesuit Missions

Santa Cruz - Concepción - San Javier - Santa Cruz - Sucre - Potosi - La Paz  7 Days  |  6 Nights

Thought to be "forgotten" for more than two centuries, the region of the restored Jesuit Missions is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, known for its cultural accomplishments and history. Follow the circuit and visit the magnificent, centuries-old churches that have been restored in the towns of San Javier, Concepcion etc… This tour ends in Sucre and Potosi before going back for a visit to the vibrant capital of La Paz.



DAY    1 Arrival in Santa Cruz: Bio Centre Güembé

DAY    2 Santa Cruz / Concepción

DAY    3 Concepción / San Javier / Santa  Cruz

DAY    4 Santa Cruz / Sucre: city tour

DAY    5 Sucre / Potosí: city tour and visit of a mine / Sucre

DAY    6 Sucre / La Paz: city tour

DAY    7 Departure from La Paz


Day 1 Arrival in Santa Cruz: Bio Centre Güembé

    • Welcome to the international airport of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, located at 1,368 ft. altitude. Santa Cruz is located on a fertile land with many deposits of natural gas and petroleum and a modern food industry. This region is called "the tropical paradise of Bolivia": located on the eastern side of the Bolivian territory, it has lush vegetation with enormous areas of forests and meadows.

§ Transfer and hotel installation 

§  Lunch on your own. 

  • Departure to the Güembé Biocentre, located 35 minutes from Santa Cruz. A beautiful place where you can see fully 104 species of butterflies in their natural habitat. This is an infrastructure located within an enclosed tropical garden where butterflies metamorphose , while expert guides explain the life cycle and natural history of these fascinating insects. All this over an area of ​​8,200 square feet, with a bridge that is 820 feet long and 33 feet high that runs through the facilities of the Biocentre.


§  You will continue your journey on the nature trails to arrive finally at the orchid garden, where you can observe more than 240 species of orchids in their natural setting. Among the best known: nobilior Cattleya, Oncidium steicy, Enciclya stembachii. Depending on the time of year when you make your visit, you may see different orchids in bloom.

§  Return to Santa Cruz.

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Night in Santa Cruz 


Day 2 Santa Cruz / Concepción

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Early morning departure to Concepcion, a town 180 miles away (about 6 hours), passing through the villages of Cotoca, Pailón, Los Troncos, Cruce del Río Grande and Río San Julián, where you can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of natural parks where granite rock pokes through the soil in the middle of palm trees and patches of vegetation. 

§  Arrival at Concepción. 

Founded by the Jesuits in 1706. This is a village that has preserved simplicity and tranquility in its streets. Here the colonial Jesuit past is relived with a renewed fervor during the celebrations of Holy Week and of the village festival. Its church was founded between 1752 and 1756 and, together with the convent, forms a very pretty architectural complex.

§  Lunch on your own. 

§  In the afternoon, we will visit the church, which was restored by the Swiss architect Hans Roth, and the museum for the restoration of religious objects, where you can enjoy the relics of that era. 

§  If time permits, you can visit the Laguna Sapocó, where there is a dam of the same name; you can also swim in the crystal clear waters. 

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Arrival at Concepción.


Day 3 Concepción / San Javier / Santa  Cruz

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Morning departure to San Javier (about 43 miles = 1 1/2 hours) 

San Javier, a mission founded in 1691, is the oldest of the "Chiquitana" missions.  The first music school in the region was founded in this village by Jesuit missionaries. It was home to a music school and a workshop for making musical instruments. Around the village, the vegetation is characterized by a surprising symbiosis of the "bibosi" and "motacú" plants. Today, it is a village of farmers and ranchers. A center for the reclamation of the "Chiquitana" culture is located in San Javier, where ancient manuscripts are restored, most notably the almost 5,000 scores of baroque religious music that the various religious orders left.

§   Arrival and visit the baroque church.

§  Lunch on your own.

§  Return to Santa Cruz in a timely manner.

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Arrival at Concepción.


Day 4 Santa Cruz / Sucre: city tour

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Transfer to the international airport Viru Viru to catch our flight to Sucre (duration:  30 minutes).

§  Arrival at Sucre, Bolivia capital, located at 8,856ft or 2,700m altitude.

§  Transfer at hotel.  

§  Lunch on your own. 

In the afternoon, a visit to the city: the Main Plaza, the Cathedral, Liberty House, the gorgeous colonial palace and the old Jesuit Monastery, built at the beginning of 17th century. You will discover here the most beautiful pages of Bolivian history including numerous documents, souvenirs and objects related to the fight for independence, among others.  The Museum of Textile Art of ASUR Foundation, which presents the history of textile in the Sucre region, the evolution of the patterns, with variations according to ethnic groups, the traditional costumes, etc. Visit Bolivar Park, the Courthouse, the Convent of Recoleta with its beautiful panoramic view of the city and its archways, the rendezvous of lovers.   Continue on towards the San Felipe Neri convent with a promenade on the colonial roofs and picturesque walkways on the terraces. The visit will mainly attract photographers and culture and history lovers. Sucre has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

§  Dinner on your own  

§  Night in Sucre

 Note: The museums are closed the following days: 

* Liberty House, on Sunday afternoons and all day on Mondays

*ASUR and San Felipe de Neri, all day on Sundays


Day 5 Sucre / Potosí: city tour and visit of a mine / Sucre

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Very early in the morning, departure by private car to visit the city of Potosi, located at 13,353 ft, an old imperial city founded by Charles the Fifth and today declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Journey 103 miles on a good paved road, crossing the tempered valleys of Chuquisaca, small hamlet of farmers and their flocks, before climbing on the high Andes and arriving at the foot of the Cerro Rico Mountain, where the city of Potosi is located. 


§  Arrival in Potosi and transfer to the hotel.

§  Departure to the mining market where you can buy dynamite, Cokes and alcohol that you can give to the miners before visiting the Maria del Carmen mine located in the famous Cerro Rico of Potosi.

§  Lunch on your own 

§  Visit to the Historial Center of Potosi, where you will admire the streets and portico of the colonial era as well as the main historical and religious centers of the city: the Maison de la Monnaie (The Mint), the tour of the Company and other monuments (as time permits). 

La Casa Real de la Moneda was built between 1753 and 1773 near the Cathedral where the Spanish minted the coins of the Crown until the 19th century.  Due to its thick walls, it was also a prison, fortress and general quarters of the Bolivian army during the Chaco war. Until 1869, the machines were operated by slaves, then by horses. From 1869 to 1909, steam engines took over. There is a beautiful courtyard decorated with a stone fountain and a Bacchus mask, the first locomotive of Bolivia and also a collection of religious paintings. 

§  Return to Sucre.

§  Dinner on your own and night in Sucre.  

 Note: * La Maison de la Monnaie (The Mint) is closed on Sunday afternoons and all day on Mondays

The mine can be visited on Sundays, but the miners do not work.


Day 6 Sucre / La Paz: city tour

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Transfer to the airport to catch our flight to La Paz (duration:  35 minutes).

§  Arrival at La Paz, Bolivia capital, located at 11,800 feet altitude.

§  Transfer at hotel.  

§  Lunch on your own 


Visit the museum of the Church of San Francisco, which tells the story of the first Franciscan evangelizing missionaries (1682), the hard times in La Paz imposed by Tupac Katari in 1781 (when the nave and the atrium of the church was a meeting place between the Spanish and the indigenous peoples). Then see the daily life of the paceños (inhabitants of La Paz). Visit the vegetable market "Mercado Rodriguez" in the district of San Pedro, on a busy weekend.

§  Transfer and hotel installation

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Night at the hotel.

Day 7 Departure from La Paz

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  At time indicated, transfer to airport for your flight.

§  Baggage check and passenger boarding.

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