San José de Chiquitos
Trip Start Jul 05, 2009
96Trip End Jul 04, 2010
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The church itself really stood out from the others on the circuit. Until we went inside and saw familiar baroque carvings San Jose didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the tour. Apparently, it bears more resemblance to missions in Paraguay and Argentina. However, these other missions are now mere ruins and this remains the only example stone mission architecture in South America
From the outside San Jose was really stunning but when we ventured inside all in all it was quite disappointing. This is not to say the church doesn't have potential but it is clear that it is not being cared for and was generally a mess inside. We had seen the best the missions had to offer on our day trip through the three smaller towns.
After some more chick'n & chips we waited for the last leg of our journey. When we arrived back in Santa Cruz we had travelled, on dirt tracks, over 1015 Km (631 Miles) in five days.