San Ignacio de Velasco
The Jesuit mission circuit
San Ignacio de Velasco is a small town of 9000 inhabitants located in the Eastern part of the Santa Cruz province, a few kilometers from the Brazilian border. Like the other main cities and villages of the area, San Ignacio was founded by the Jesuit missions in the late XVIIth and early XVIIIth centuries. The missions left behind a legacy of charming and intricately carved wooden churches.
A series of missions connect Santa Cruz to San JosÚ de Chiquitos. After crossing the Rios Grande and San Pablo, the unmade road crosses the arable land to the north of Santa Cruz before entering the eastern savanna, and finally emerging into scattered forest .
The principal stopping-places along the trail of missions are: