Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Samaipata

El Fuerte

The mystical site of El Fuerte exudes such pulling power that visitors from all over the world come to Samaipata just to climb the hill and see the remains of this pre-Inca site. A designated Unesco World Heritage S…
Top Choice Gardens in Santa Cruz

Jardín Botánico

Santa Cruz's lush botanical gardens, 12km east of the city center, make for a tranquil escape from the urban scene. Covering more than 200 hectares, the gardens feature woodland trails, a lake, a cactarium (cactus g…
Top Choice Church in Chochís

Santuario Mariano de la Torre

Intricately carved wooden pillars and doors displaying a fascinating combination of motifs are the star attraction at this moving memorial, completed in 1992. It was built to commemorate the victims of a tragic floo…
Church in San José de Chiquitos

Jesuit Mission Church

San José has the only stone Jesuit mission church and merits a visit even if you miss all the others. Although the main altar is nearly identical to those in other nearby missions and has vague similarities to churc…
Church in San Miguel de Velasco

Jesuit Mission Church

The church of San Miguel's spiral pillars, carved wooden altar with a flying San Miguel, extravagant golden pulpit, religious artwork, toy-like bell tower and elaborately painted facade are simply superb. Although n…
Historic Site in La Higuera

Quebrada del Churo

A steep path leads down a hillside to the sheltered clearing where Che and 16 fellow guerrilla fighters evaded capture for 10 days until, on October 8, 1967, they were surrounded by troops and a gun battle ensued. A…
Church in San Rafael de Velasco

Jesuit Mission Church

The restored interior of this 1747 mission is particularly beautiful, and the original paintings and woodwork remain intact. The pulpit is covered with a layer of lustrous mica, the ceiling is made of reeds and the …
Church in Concepción

Catedral de Concepción

Built in 1709, the elaborately restored cathedral on the east of the plaza, has an overhanging roof supported by 121 huge tree-trunk columns and a similar bell tower. It is decorated with golden baroque designs depi…
Museum in Vallegrande

Museo del Che

This museum is inside the impressive Centro Cultural Ernesto Che Guevara, which was completed in 2016 in time for the 50th anniversary of Che's death the following year. It contains a photo-documentary of events lea…
Mausoleum in Vallegrande

El Mausoleo del Che

In 1995, 28 years after Che’s death, a soldier who carried out the burial revealed that Che's body lay beneath Vallegrande’s airstrip. After two years of searching, Che's body was discovered in 1997. The spot is mar…