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Roboré, Santiago de Chiquitos and Chochís

If you fancy hopping off the train on the Santa Cruz to Quijarro route, then Roboré or Chochís are good options.

The laidback town of Roboré is known as the pearl of the east by locals, and has lots of natural attractions close by. There are dry forests and valleys full of wildlife, waterfalls, clear lakes and rivers. They are also a number of balnearios where you can go for a swim, and indigenous communities where you can by locally produced goods. Thirty kilometers away you’ll find Agua Calientes with curing natural warm springs.

Close by, there is also the Jesuit Mission of Santiago de Chiquitos, which has an early 20th century church and is surrounded by picturesque valleys, waterfalls, small rivers, rock formations and rock paintings. This is great hiking territory. You can get a bus or taxi from Roboré to Santiago de Chiquitos and there are places to stay and eat in both settlements.

In a similar vein, Chochís is an attractive town in the foothills that’s perfect for a relaxing for a few days. It’s famous for its sanctuary, which was built by the same man who restored the Jesuit Mission churches – Hans Roth. The Santuario Mariano de la Torre is a unique modern building that has been beautifully executed. It was built at the foot of the Cerro de Chochís, a large, jagged red rock that is one of the biggest natural attractions in the area. Climb to its peak for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There are also some beautiful valleys and canyons in the region, including the Valle de Turuquapá and plenty of hot springs, swimming holes and waterfalls.

The Ecoalbergue de Ecoturismo Comunitario (Tel: 3-313-7044, www.probioma.org) is run by the NGO Probioma and provide rustic cabins, food, a camping area, hammocks, BBQ, solar-powered lighting and local guides in Chochís.









02 Feb 2012



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