Travel to Santiago de Chiquitos

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The trip to Santa Cruz

Travel to Santiago de Chiquitos

 

The Chiquitos is a vast territory located in the Department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia and was the place where the Jesuits established Missions more than three centuries ago; building important churches where there is a wonderful job of woodcarving. These architectural gems are preserved by the people who still preserve his own cultural events such to maintain and grow the “Baroque Music”, this has led to the United Nations Organization for Science and Culture "UNESCO"  in 1990 declared this Missions as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.

First Stop - Santa Cruz
The interesting of these churches, is that no one is speaking of ruins and abandoned places, unlike other Jesuit Missions were destroyed as in Paraguay and Argentina meet their religious function, being the most important San Javier, Concepción, San Miguel, Santa Ana, San Rafael, to Northeast Santa Cruz with connection by road, and San Jose and Santiago de Chiquitos toward the southeast Santa Cruz where it's best to arrive by rail.

In this case I refer to my experience of traveling from La Paz first to the city of Santa Cruz to take the train to take me to the city of Robore, to travel after to Santiago de Chiquitos Jesuit Mission of the more remote southeastern of Bolivia.

We depart from La Paz - Bolivia to Santa Cruz - Bolivia, starting at 18:00 hours on 26 December of 2008 to arrive at 11:00 a.m. on the next day in a bus (Bed bus)  that is comfortable enough and that its cost is about $us.

First Stop - Santa Cruz
15, - there are other buses cheaper but better travel pleasurable.

The trip from Santa Cruz to Robore must be done by train because even there is no direct highway, the rail is the Eastern Railway and has different types of services to that area from Santa Cruz coming to Puerto Suarez (who is the bolivian city bordering Brazil in the southeast side) this railroad has several types of services and service they chose was on the “Super Express Pullman” has a cost of $us.12, - and that leaves at 16:30 from Santa Cruz arriving in the city of Robore at 02:00 a.m. from the next day, in  a trip of ten hours, slow but comfortable.

Reaching in Robore, there are two possibilities, the first of overnighting in this city or the second to get a mobile than on dirt road leading to Santiago de Chiquitos on a journey that takes about twenty minutes.

By this way can you get to this remote and quiet place of Chiquitanía, which is a highly recommended place for those seeking tranquility, hiking ecological trails and appreciate the church and Baroque Music from the Region.

Departure to Santiago de Chiquitos by train

 

 

 

 

Viajar a Santiago de Chiquitos

 

La Chiquitania es un extenso territorio ubicado en el Departamento de Santa Cruz en Bolivia y fue el lugar donde los Jesuitas establecieron Misiones hace más de tres siglos, construyendo importantes iglesias donde existe un trabajo maravilloso de tallado en madera.

Arriving to Robore
Se trata de verdaderas joyas arquitectónicas conservadas por los pueblos que aún poseen manifestaciones culturales de la época misional como ser el mantener y cultivar la “Música Barroca”, esto ha sido motivo para que la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Ciencia y Cultura “UNESCO” las declare en el año 1990 como Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad. Lo interesante de estas Iglesias, es que no se está hablando de ruinas o de lugares abandonados, a diferencia de otras Misiones Jesuíticas que fueron destruidas como en el Paraguay o Argentina, sino de templos que cumplen su función religiosa, siendo los mas importantes San Javier, Concepción, San Miguel, Santa Ana, San Rafael, hacia el Noreste de Santa Cruz con camino carretero; y San Jose y Santiago de Chiquitos hacia el Sureste de Santa Cruz,  donde es mejor llegar por ferrocarril.

En este caso me referiré a mi experiencia de viajar desde La Paz primero hasta la ciudad de Santa Cruz de la Sierra para tomar el tren que me llevara a la ciudad de Robore, para trasladarme hasta Santiago de Chiquitos la Misión Jesuítica mas alejada del sudeste boliviano.

Santiago de Chiquitos

Partimos desde La Paz ��" Bolivia hasta la ciudad de Santa Cruz ��" Bolivia, partiendo a las 18:00 horas del 26 de Diciembre para llegar a las 11:00 a.m. del siguiente día en un viaje por bus (Bus cama) que es bastante cómodo y que su costo es de aproximadamente $us.15,--, hay otros buses mas baratos pero es mejor viajar placenteros.

El viaje desde Santa Cruz a Robore hay que hacerlo por tren ya que aun no hay un camino carretero directo, el ferrocarril es la Ferroviaria Oriental y tiene distintos tipos de servicios hacia esta zona desde Santa Cruz llegando hasta Puerto Suárez (que es la ciudad boliviana limítrofe con Brasil por el lado sudeste) este ferrocarril tiene diversos tipos de servicios y el servicio que escogimos fue el del Expreso Súper Pullman que tiene un costo de $us.12,-- y que parte a las 16:30 de Santa Cruz llegando a la ciudad de Robore a las 02:00 a.m. del siguiente día o sea un viaje de diez horas, bastante lento pero confortable.

Llegando a Robore, hay dos posibilidades, la primera de quedarse por una noche en esta ciudad o la segunda de conseguir una movilidad que los lleve por camino de tierra hasta Santiago de Chiquitos en un trayecto que dura unos veinte minutos.

The Church in Santiago de Chiquitos

De esta forma uno llega a este alejado y tranquilo lugar de la Chiquitania que es un sitio muy recomendado para quienes buscan tranquilidad, caminatas por senderos ecológicos y  apreciar la Iglesia y la Música Barroca de la Región.

jendara says:
Thanks my friend:)
Was a beautiful trip!!!
Posted on: Sep 04, 2011
dahling says:
Very nice
Posted on: Sep 04, 2011
jendara says:
Thanks for your comment:)
Santa Cruz is different at other cities in Bolivia.
Posted on: Nov 03, 2010
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The trip to Santa Cruz
The trip to Santa Cruz
First Stop - Santa Cruz
First Stop - Santa Cruz
First Stop - Santa Cruz
First Stop - Santa Cruz
Departure to Santiago de Chiquitos…
Departure to Santiago de Chiquito…
Arriving to Robore
Arriving to Robore
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
The Church in Santiago de Chiquitos
The Church in Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
The Hotel in Santiago de Chiquitos
The Hotel in Santiago de Chiquitos
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Hiking ecological trails
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
A view of the mountain from Santia…
A view of the mountain from Santi…
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
The church in the night
The church in the night
Baroque Music
Baroque Music
Baroque Music
Baroque Music
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
Santiago de Chiquitos
Santiago de Chiquitos
Antique Bells
Antique Bells
Year 1767
Year 1767
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
Detalle de la Iglesia
The convent
The convent
Arte Sacro
Arte Sacro
Arte Sacro
Arte Sacro
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
The map of Santiago de Chiquitos
The map of Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
Cows
Cows
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
In Santiago de Chiquitos
The Church in Santiago de Chiquitos
The Church in Santiago de Chiquitos
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Tha main square
Tha main square
Tha main square
Tha main square
Rock formation
Rock formation
Rock formation
Rock formation
Rock formation 
One Turtle
Rock formation One Turtle
Rock formation 
An Owl
Rock formation An Owl
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Horses in the main square
Natural Pools
Natural Pools
Natural Pools
Natural Pools
Santiago de Chiquitos
photo by: jendara