San Javier Travel Guide

  • San Javier
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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San Javier Things to Do

  • Main Altar.

    A masterpiece of indigenous Baroque art, this colorful altar is interesting because it shows the interaction between the Jesuist and the indians. The whole mision was restored by the German architect Hans Roth using local craftsmen, creating a revival of local traditions and a qualified workforce. I visited some of the workshops in the mission of...

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  • Walking the town.

    Today San Xavier is a small and dusty town of 11,000 inhabitants and the first stop for the traveller who wants to make the Jesuitic Mission Circuit. So it´s a great place for hang out through the empty streets, or spend a nice afternoon in the park enjoying the Bolivian rural way of life.

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  • Mission Choir.

    The Jesuist were very creative and proud of their music, thousands of original music pages were found in missions as in Concepcion. Actually a Baroque Music Festival that is performed in front of the missions is performed every two years. During my visit to the mission i could enjoy some of practices of the young local choir.

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  • Left Chapel.

    Located in the right of the church near the main door, this chapel guides to a small garden with rooms used for administration pourposes, it´s actually a small museum.

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  • Church interior.

    The church consist of a wooden skeleton with columns that support a roof made of wood covered with tiles. The Indian Baroque altar include depictions of Jesuist together with indiands, saints, madonnas carved in wood and then painted.

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  • Chapel detail. Angel.

    This angel statue is a good example of the original mixture of the Indian and European baroque style.

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  • Mission Chapel.

    The church has two chapels, a small one on the left and a bigger one on the right. If you enter from the courtyard you will find the right chapel. Beautifully decorated it´s connected to the main Altar through a door, and was used by the jesuist as a preparation room before the mass celebration. There are some statues of angels, and two arches that...

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  • Mission courtyard.

    I made the entrance to the church by a side door, the main one was closed, and found a beautiful courtyard, surrounded by a large square corridor decorated in the similar baroque style. In the center of the courtyard there´s an old and restored sun clock.

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  • Bell Tower.

    As in other missions in the area San Xavier has also one, but it was constructed inside the mission complex not outside. The staircase is made of wood with five hanging bells, ready to call for mass.

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  • Façade detail. Arches.

    A detail of the the two arches that protects the main facade, also decorated using the same baroque patterns.

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  • Mission façade.

    The mission beautiful façade is decorated with architectural patterns, (is less coloristic that the one in Concepcion), but the paintings make a fantastic contrast. The roof is made of wood with some carving details and two big carved columns (each carved out of a single tree) supporting it. There are two arches protecting the façade, decorated in...

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  • First mission in the Chiquitania.

    Founded in 1691 by the Jesuit Missionaires Jose de Arce and Antonio de Rivas, it´s the oldest mission in the Chiquitania region. It was relocated after a bloody war between the Piñocas (a local tribe and the first inhabitants) and the Bandeirantes (Portugese slave traders. and setting into it´s present one in 1708. The mission has a beautiful...

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San Javier Transportation

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    by euzkadi Written Jun 5, 2011

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    The town is located 137 miles (220 kms) from Santa Cruz, the road in these days are in bad condition so the journey can take almost four hours or more.
    There are differents ways of transport: 1) The scheduled Big Bus, comfortable but very slow, it stops in every town or stops where a passanger is waiting. 2)The mini vans, faster, the only thing is that you have to wait until all the seats are taken, then the car leaves without any stop. 3)The taxi is another option but is quite expensive.

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