Concepción Travel Guide

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Concepción Things to Do

  • White tower.

    Just opposite the church in the main square, there is a colonial house with a later added tower, that makes a nice balance to the mission complex.

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  • Laguna Guapomó.

    Located very close to the main square (around 700 mts) there´s a nice and small lake, very popular amongst the local people; where you can swin, rent a boat or just relax after so many cultural visits.

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  • Baroque Music.

    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...

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  • Wandering the town.

    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.

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  • Museo misional. Hans Roth Hall.

    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.

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  • Museo Misonal.

    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...

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  • Altar details.

    Some details of the altars paintings and sculptures of the interior, the Baroque design is a mixture of european and indigenous style.

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  • Church interior.

    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.

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  • Church cloister.

    A view of the beautifully restored cloister, with it´s paintings, ornaments and wood columns, all surrounding a pleasant garden.

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  • Bell Tower.

    The jesuist used a different style of construction from other Catholic churches in the Chiquitania region, they built a Campanario or Bell tower with a clock, next to the church. The one in Concepcion is a beautiful carved wood construcion, and has a great view of the main square.

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  • A Jesuit reduction ( scale model).

    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...

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  • Concepcion church façade.

    Restored in 1975, the façade of this Jesuit church is beautifully decorated in the indigenous Baroque style. Painted and ornated in orange and yellow with images of saints, flower and other intricate decorations, the church dominates the cobblestone main square.

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Concepción Restaurants

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    by euzkadi Written May 8, 2011

    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.

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Concepción Transportation

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    by euzkadi Updated May 17, 2011

    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.

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