Concepción (Bolivia)

Concepción main square.

Concepción is a town in the eastern Bolivia, north of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz de la Sierra). Concepción is the capital of the Ñuflo de Chávez Province in the Santa Cruz Department.


Concepción is best known as one of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Most streets are unpaved with the exception of some around the main square (these are paved with bricks and stones). Unpaved ones have predominantly red color, passing motorbikes and cars leave a lot of dust.

Get in

By bus

There are a couple of buses daily from Santa Cruz. They stop at San Javier, so you may jump in (i.e. at 11) there.

Get around

By foot

Concepción is small enough to walk on foot.

By moto

The motorbike is the most popular means of transport in Chiquitania towns.

A lot of mototaxis are available.




Locals tell the surroundings of the road to Santa Cruz have become a new town "center" (after the road was paved). Most food and other shops, and petrol station are there.

Some nice wood artwork from shops around the main square or directly from craftsmen at workshops.


Typical chiquitano food.

There are two little eateries at the marketplace some two blocks west and one north of the main square.


You can drink non-alcoholic chicha along with your meal.


Go next

If you want to continue with the missions clockwise, go to San Ignacio. There is a bus at 17:00 (some say at 18:00 or even 15:30 - check with the office which is some two or three blocks west of main square) costs Bs70 and takes 5 bumpy hours to make needed 150 km. There is a taxi option as well, but it is Bs700/person with 4 persons in the car.

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