The mision also houses the musical archives, more than 5,000 sacred music sheets (from the XVII and XVIII centuries) written by both European and Indigenous composers were found in the mision. With this legacy and International Musical Festival was created. Since 1996 and every two years the Festival is performed by local musicians using the temple...more
I really loved Concepcion, not just the mision, the town is beautiful, cobblestone streets, with all the buildings painted with local decoration. A very easy way of life, with no rush, friendly people, cheap, something outside of this world. It´s it is well worth the effort to visit a part of Bolivia often overlooked by travelers.more
A hall dedicated to this visionary Swiss architect, that restored the mision of Concepcion, but also the misions of San Javier, San Rafael and San Miguel. It has tools, blueprints and dioramas used for the rebuilding of the churches and models of their framework.more
This museum is also part of the mission complex, here they have descriptions of the restoration process, and displays of original artifacts from the church as altarpieces and ornaments. It also has a hall where one can see local artisans working, using the same artisan procedures used during the Jesuit time. The museum is open from tuesday to...more
The church interior is a simple rectangle with two lines of eight inmense columns each carved out of a single tree. It has three altars, two small ones at the left and right and the main altar in the middle, carved and ornated in the complicated and colorful Baroque style. The whole church is a master piece of Baroque art.more
I´ve found this scale model of a Jesuit reduction in the local museum. The misiones were small colonies established by the missionaries throughout the 17th and 18th century. The jesuit reductions were different from the others, because the indians were expected to convert to Christianity but not necessarily to accept the European culture, the...more
A very good restaurant located in the main square of Concepcion, is a great option, if you are looking for real Bolivian food. Nicely decorated with handcrafts and with a pleasant courtyard, i´m shure is the best option in town.
Favorite Dish: My guide recommended the day Menu, it was a corn soup, with a kind of local stew (really delicious). I also tried a good Bolivian wine.
You can travel to Concepcion, by different ways of transport. The scheduled buses, big and comfortable old buses that stops at every town along the road. The micros (mini-buses) a faster, good and cheap option, but you have to wait until all the car seats are taken (i spent two hours there waiting for the last empty seat) or the expensive taxis. Any way of transport you choose will give you a nice view of the fincas (cattle-ranching farms) along the road.