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Concepción

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 290km drive from Santa Cruz de la Sierra
When to go
Between April and November
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Concepción

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
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Concepción is a former Jesuit mission located in the region of Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia.

My suggestion:
Baroque music concerts are sometimes held in Concepción church. Have a look at the city's cultural calendar before you get there because this is an unmissable event!
My review

Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, Concepción is one of the former missions of Chiquitos established in the north of the Santa Cruz region by Jesuit missionaries in the eighteenth century.

Located 300km from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the capital of the Santa Cruz region, Concepción is a quiet little town crisscrossed by dirt ochre roads and wooden and adobe houses. Only motorcycles driving around break the stupor of this eastern Bolivian city.

Concepción's star attraction is its magnificent Baroque church. Inside this wooden-columned building, I could see the passion of Christ represented in the colourful paintings. The clock tower, also made of wood, is worth a visit. The city is full of artisan carpentry that you can check out.

If you're near ​​Concepción in early December, don't miss the Semana Santa ("Holy Week") celebrations. It's an opportunity to learn more about the religious syncretism which prevails in Bolivia.

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