San Ignacio de Velasco

San Ignacio de Velasco (also San Ignacio or short SIV) is a town in the department of Santa Cruz in the South American Andes State of Bolivia.


San Ignacio is the seat of the administration of the province José Miguel de Velasco and central location in the district ( bolivian: Municipio) San Ignacio de Velasco. The city lies at an altitude of 411 m at the headwaters of the Río Paragua, which flows into the Río Iténez in the further course. In the north- east of the city adjacent to the artificial Guapomó Lake, which supplies San Ignacio with the necessary hot water.


San Ignacio is located in the Bolivian lowlands in the region Chiquitanía, a still largely unspoilt countryside between Santa Cruz and the Brazilian border. The region's climate is a semi- humid climate of the warm tropics.

The average monthly temperatures vary during the year only slightly between 20.9 ° C in June and 26.6 ° C in October, with almost constant above 25 ° C are from September to March (see climate chart San Ignacio de Velasco ). The annual mean temperature is 24.5 ° C. The annual rainfall is in the long -term average at 1200 mm. Three-quarters of the precipitation falling in the rainy season from November to March, while in the dry season are less than 30 mm per month in the arid months of June to August.

Traffic network

San Ignacio is located in a northeasterly direction approximately 400 kilometers by road from Santa Cruz, the capital of the department with which the city is connected by a regular bus service.

From Santa Cruz leads from the paved highway Ruta 4 over 57 kilometers to the north over Warnes to Montero. Here she meets the Ruta 10, which runs eastwards for a distance of 279 km and the towns of San Ramón, San Javier and Santa Rosa de Roca crosses as asphalt road. On the remaining 60 kilometers to San Ignacio the road is unpaved, well on its 310 km long way further east along the Brazilian border on San Vicente to San Matías and further into the Brazilian city of Cáceres, with which there is also a bus service.

From San Ignacio to the south the highway Ruta 17 via San Miguel de Velasco and San Rafael to 200 km away in San José de Chiquitos and from there via the Ruta 4 south to Roboré and Puerto Suárez.

The town of San Ignacio has an airport with unpaved runway ( airport code SNG).


The population of the city has increased in the past three and a half decades to several times:

The national language, Spanish is the main language in San Ignacio. Due to its proximity to Brazil speaks a part of the local population and Portuguese. In addition, many residents speak the indigenous language Chiquitano.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Katherine David Cespedes (* 1988) - Miss Bolivia 2007