San Javier, Ñuflo de Chávez

San Javier is a small town in the Beni Department in the lowlands of the South American Andean Republic of Bolivia.

Location in near space

San Javier is a central place of the district ( bolivian: Municipio) San Javier in the province Ñuflo de Chávez. The city lies at an altitude of 537 m in the midst of a gentle hill country between the Rio Paquio the east and the Río San Julián in the West. Nearest towns are San Ramón (42 km) to the south and Concepción (61 km) to the northeast.


San Javier is located in the Bolivian lowlands in the region Chiquitanía, one in vast regions still sparsely populated countryside between Santa Cruz and the Brazilian border.

The region's climate is a semi- humid climate of the warm subtropics. The average monthly temperatures vary during the year only slightly between 20 ° C in the winter months of June and July with strong cold southerly winds, and about 25 ° C from October to February.

The annual rainfall is in the long -term average at about 1000 mm, which falls mainly in the humidity from November to March, while the arid months from June to September months have values ​​between 25 and 50 mm.


San Javier was founded in 1691 by Padre José Francisco de Arce and was the first Jesuit reduction in the Bolivian lowlands. She served as a mission village to catholicization the Chiquito Indians.

Traffic network

San Javier is located at a distance of 174 kilometers of road northeast of Santa Cruz, the capital of the department.

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 reaches east across San Ramón for further 114 kilometers of San Javier. The Ruta 10 then continues to Concepcion, Santa Rosa de Roca and San Ignacio de Velasco and continue along the Brazilian border on San Vicente to San Matías.


The population of the town has risen in the past two decades fourfold:


The city is known by one of the Jesuit Reductions of Chiquitos, which were declared in 1990 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.