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Concepción main square.

Concepción is a town in the eastern Bolivia, north of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz de la Sierra). Concepción is the capital of the Ñuflo de Chávez Province in the Santa Cruz Department.

UnderstandEdit

Concepción is best known as one of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Most streets are unpaved with the exception of some around the main square (these are paved with bricks and stones). Unpaved ones have predominantly red color, passing motorbikes and cars leave a lot of dust.

Get inEdit

By busEdit

There are a couple of buses daily from Santa Cruz. They stop at San Javier, so you may jump in (i.e. at 11) there.

Get aroundEdit

By footEdit

Concepción is small enough to walk on foot.

By motoEdit

 
The motorbike is the most popular means of transport in Chiquitania towns.

A lot of mototaxis are available.

SeeEdit

  • The church, belltower and museum (At the main square is some 5 blocks south from the road to Santa Cruz.). The church is simply amazing. Station paintings inside are unique - along with the suffering of Christ they expose the modern devastation of Chiquitania nature. Belltower has thick carved wooden columns and winding staircase. Museum contains history photos (including the restoration of the church by the Swiss architect Hans Roth), church things, entry is required to see church patio. Buildings and structures painted with natural colors. Bs25 for museum.
  • Wood workshops (A block east of southeast corner of the main square.). Craftsmen making furniture, carvings from local wood. You can see the tools, style of work, try to buy something.

DoEdit

  • Take a dip in a lake called Represa Concepción (earlier Represa Zapocó). (2 km west of town, ask locals how to get there.).
  • Listen to a concert in the church.. Once in two years there is the international baroque music festival, which seems to be the best. There is yearly Festivales de Temporada as well. Check the shedules to see, if you can catch one of these.
  • Visit cascade of St. Isidor (cascada de San Isidro). (17 km to the south of town.). This is a magic place between the trees and rocks to take a dip and admire the beauty of the nature. Talk to mototaxi drivers (younger ones usually don't know the place but will ask elder ones for help) to help to reach the cascade. Locals tell the place is best visited in January-March, because the greenery and water is the most abundant then.

BuyEdit

Locals tell the surroundings of the road to Santa Cruz have become a new town "center" (after the road was paved). Most food and other shops, and petrol station are there.

Some nice wood artwork from shops around the main square or directly from craftsmen at workshops.

EatEdit

 
Typical chiquitano food.
  • Restaurant (At the northern end of main square.). Serves good local food, the interior is natural, service is nice. There is a couple of parrots to talk with or listen to, some hammocks to take a nap and some toys for kids. Bs35 for a dinner..

There are two little eateries at the marketplace some two blocks west and one north of the main square.

DrinkEdit

You can drink non-alcoholic chicha along with your meal.

SleepEdit

  • Hotel Patujú (Two blocks west and one north of the main square (av. German Bush, calle Capobianco Flores)), +591 3 9643133. Quiet place, nice service, has hammocks. Private bathroom, breakfast included. Single Bs70.

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Go nextEdit

If you want to continue with the missions clockwise, go to San Ignacio. There is a bus at 17:00 (some say at 18:00 or even 15:30 - check with the office which is some two or three blocks west of main square) costs Bs70 and takes 5 bumpy hours to make needed 150 km. There is a taxi option as well, but it is Bs700/person with 4 persons in the car.

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