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Semana Santa - EASTER celebrations in Bolivia
HOLY WEEK in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos

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Roots of Faith | March 25 - April 01, 2018

Art, Music and Living Faith on Holy Week Festivities
in the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos (Unesco World Heritage), Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Easter and Religious Celebrations in Bolivia

Looking for an interesting place to visit in Bolivia during Easter Holidays and Holy Week in 2018?

Check our "Roots of Faith" travel packages from March 25 to April 01, 2018. There is nothing like experiencing Holy Week in Bolivia. Come and join us for Easter and Holy Week Celebrations in the stunning scenery of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Bolivia.

Our Holy Week's "Roots of Faith" schedule is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018
  • Wednesday of Holy Week - March 28, 2018
  • Holy (Maundy) Thursday - March 29, 2018
  • Good Friday - March 30, 2018
  • Holy Saturday - March 31, 2018
  • Easter Sunday - April 01, 2018

The Jesuit mission churches of the Chiquitos area astonish the visitor with their sheer size and the splendor of their carved altars, pulpits, and confessionals from the colonial era. People participate in church services, concerts, ritual blessings, and processions.

Explore the indigenous, colonial and natural riches of Bolivia.

Easter in Bolivia is unmatched by any other location worldwide. This trip is unique in that it combines the incredible natural history and scenery of the tropical woodlands and fertile plains at the southern end of the Amazon basin, with some of Bolivia’s most interesting cultural elements such as the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Santa Cruz, and the 18th c. Mission churches of the Chiquitania (UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Roots of Faith will enable you to sample the very best of Bolivian daily life and history combined with breathtaking landscapes in and around Santa Cruz, and featuring privately guided tours.

WHERE?

• SANTA CRUZ - Far from the altiplano in the huge eastern lowland plains of Bolivia is Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a city where the warmth of its people is only exceeded by the heat of its climate. Santa Cruz is rapidly becoming  the principal gateway to Bolivia:  it is the center of the country´s economic growth, has the best international airport in the country, and is at a low altitude – only 416 m. (1,350 ft) above sea level. The rapid economic development has not affected the colonial character of the old backstreets nor the famous good humor of the city's inhabitants.

• AROUND SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz displays outstanding biodiversity typical of the Upper Amazon Basin, as well as a number of cultural remains from past civilizations. Easy access from the bustling city to nearby parks: beautiful slices of paradise await, surrounded with exotic plants and animals; walk through self-guided ecological paths and exuberant forest as you look for butterflies and orchids; explore pre-Columbian remains at Samaipata archaeological site and World Heritage Site (UNESCO)...

• JESUIT MISSIONS OF THE CHIQUITOS - The Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos are truly monumental treasures and are officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our excursions combine history, religious art, culture, and beautiful countryside as found in very few other parts of the world. Our 2-day trip includes a visit to San Xavier (built 1691) and Concepción (1709). Optional add-on also includes San Ignacio (1748), San Rafael (1696), San Miguel (1721) and Santa Ana (1755).

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WHAT?

Cultural Exploration - Adventure Touring - Artists Excursions - Community Projects - Photography

Semana Santa - HOLY WEEK in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos

WHEN?

• SEMANA SANTA / EASTER. Semana Santa = Holy Week in Spanish. Easter is a Christian festival and Bolivian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar.

HOLY WEEK 2018 takes place from March 25 until April 01, 2018. Our Holy Week schedule is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018
  • Wednesday of Holy Week - March 28, 2018
  • Holy (Maundy) Thursday - March 29, 2018
  • Good Friday - March 30, 2018
  • Holy Saturday - March 31, 2018
  • Easter Sunday - April 01, 2018

March is the beginning of the dry season.

Roots of Faith | Travel Option #1

Holy Week in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
(Unesco World Heritage), March 28 - April 01, 2018

Sample itinerary - B&B basis
5 days/4 nights, fully customizable

Day 1 (March 28, 2018) - Arrive Santa Cruz; Tour the city.

Day 2 (March 29, 2018) - Jueves Santo
We travel from Santa Cruz to San Xavier. Holy Thursday Celebration (Triduum). [B]

Day 3 (March 30, 2018) - Viernes Santo
Visit Concepción Jesuit Mission. Religious celebration. [B]

Day 4 (March 31, 2018) - Sábado de Gloria
Join the celebration in Concepción on Holy Saturday. [B]

Day 5 (April 01, 2018) - Domingo de Resurrección
Joyous festivities on the main plaza on Easter Sunday. Back to Santa Cruz in the afternoon. [B]


Roots of Faith | Travel Option #2

Holy Week in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
(Unesco World Heritage), March 25 - April 01, 2018

Sample itinerary - B&B basis
8 days/7 nights, fully customizable

Day 1 (March 25, 2018) - Domingo de Ramos
Arrive Santa Cruz; Tour the city. Attend Palm Sunday commemoration in Santa Cruz.

Day 2 (March 26, 2018) - Lunes Santo
Travel from Santa Cruz to San Xavier. [B]

Day 3 (March 27, 2018) - Martes Santo
Visit Concepción Jesuit Mission. [B]

Day 4 (March 28, 2018) - Miercoles Santo
Visit an indigenous mission settlement in the backcountry. [B]

Day 5 (March 29, 2018) - Jueves Santo
Early morning departure to San Ignacio de Velasco for Holy Thursday Celebration. [B]

Day 6 (March 30, 2018) - Viernes Santo
Visit San Miguel and Santa Ana Jesuit mission churches on Good Friday—the culmination of Holy Week. [B]

Day 7 (March 31, 2018) - Sábado de Gloria
Early departure to San José de Chiquitos. Visit the Jesuit mission church of San Rafael on the way. Holy Saturday religious celebrations. [B]

Day 8 (April 01, 2018) - Domingo de Resurrección
Joyous festivities on the main plaza as Easter Sunday marks Jesus Christ's resurrection. Back to Santa Cruz in the afternoon. [B]


The ancient Jesuit missions of Chiquitos are among the principal riches of Bolivia’s regional and national cultural heritage, prompting UNESCO to declare six of the towns—San Xavier, Concepción, Santa Ana, San Rafael, San Miguel, and San José de Chiquitos—World Heritage Sites.

Easter festivities are accompanied by conferences in which historians, researchers, and religious congregations discuss topics relevant to the work of the Jesuits in this part of the world. Activities also include presentation of books and CDs, arts exhibitions and many cultural presentations.


Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Meals Included: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]

Depart any day! Custom dates and prices available.
Contact one of our travel consultants for details.

Roots of Faith | March 25 - April 01, 2018

Art, Music and Living Faith on Holy Week Festivities
in the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Easter and Religious Celebrations in Bolivia

You are welcome to personalize any of the travel options detailed here. To fully appreciate the missions and local religious customs, but to also have time to visit the museums and take a stroll through the antique villages, plan 4-6 days or more for a round trip from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

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