Tour: South-East Chiquitano (3 days, from Santa Cruz)

The region called “Sud Este Chiquitano”, located in the southeast of the department of Santa Cruz, is still an insider tip for any tour in Bolivia. Even though the area is well connected today by rail and road, it has maintained much of its charm and originality since the time of the first Jesuit settlement about 300 years ago. The region around Roboré, approx. 450 km from Santa Cruz, is also popularly called the "Pearl of the East" due to its unusual scenic beauty and diversity. It hosts many exotic destinations such as: Chochis, Santiago de Chiquitos and Aguas Calientes.

Itinerary:

First day

In the morning, drive in private transport over the now paved main road to the East and arrive to the Jesuit mission town of San José de Chiquitos around noon (260km). You check in to your hotel and have time for lunch. In the afternoon, you leave San Jose for an excursion to the nearby historic town of Santa Cruz la Vieja. Archaeological remains testify to the founding of the first Spanish settlement by Ñuflo de Chavez in 1561, named Santa Cruz de la Sierra. On a nature trail, you will walk through the so-called "Valle de la Luna" before heading to the Laguna Leteï where you take a small path to the edge of the Meseta to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the area during sunset. Overnight in San Jose de Chiquitos (B/-/-).

Second day

In the morning you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Jesuit Church of San Jose de Chiquitos. Built in 1748, it is the only mission church in the Chiquitania region built of stone. Then you leave San José towards the East. After abour 1.45 hours on the road, you arrive at the picturesque little town of Santiago de Chiquitos, one of the last Jesuit missions to be founded, lying at the foot of the beautiful "Serrania de Santiago" hills. In the afternoon, a short hike takes you into the Serranía de Santiago. The 6 km long nature trail leads you to the viewpoint "Antesala del Cielo", translated: "Anteroom of the sky". From the edge of a plateau you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the regional nature reserve "Valle de Tucavaca", a protected area that harbors the endangered and ecologically unique Chiquitano dry forest ecosystem. Up here, 6-8 meters high rock pillars eroded by wind and water and called the "guards" of the village, tower over the valley. You have time to enjoy the impressive view. Overnight in Santiago de Chiquitos (B/-/-)

Third day

In the morning you head to Aguas Calientes, where hot springs invite you to a pleasant bath in a paradisiacal environment. Here, up to 40 ° C hot, sulfur-enriched thermal water rises to the surface at various points in a flat and sandy creek bed surrounded by exotic vegetation. In the afternoon, you head back to Santa Cruz. On the way you stop in the small town of Chochís. Translated as "fury of the wind", the place lies at the foot of a towering rocky plateau with its landmark: a red rock monolith called "Cerro La Torre", which stands almost 600 meters high in the tropical landscape. At its foot, parishioners built the church "Santuario Mariano de la Torre”, decorated with impressive wood carvings. After the visit, you continue to Santa Cruz where you will arrive in the early evening. (B/-/-) - END OF OUR SERVICES

Included in the package:

- Private transport in a 4WD vehicle with air conditioning from/to Santa Cruz
- Local English-speaking guide from/to Santa Cruz
- 2x overnight stay in DBL room with private bathroom
- Meals according to program (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= Dinner)
- All entrance fees

Reservation:

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Link

https://www.landmarktravelbolivia.com/sud-este-chiquitano

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