Santa Ana de Velasco

Santa Ana is a village in the department of Santa Cruz in the South American Andes State of Bolivia.


Santa Ana is the central place of Cantón Santa Ana district ( bolivian: Municipio) San Ignacio de Velasco in the province of José Miguel de Velasco. The city lies at an altitude of 464 m in the region Chiquitanía, one in parts untouched hills between Santa Cruz and the Brazilian border.


Santa Ana is located in the Bolivian lowlands in the semi- humid climate of the warm tropics. The average monthly temperatures vary during the year, only slightly between 20.8 ° C in June and 26.8 ° C in October, where they are almost constant from September to March at 26 ° C. The annual mean temperature is 24.5 °.

The annual rainfall is in the long -term average at 1257 mm. Three-quarters of the precipitation falling in the rainy season from November to March, while in the dry season hardly fall 30 per mm per month in the arid months of June, July and August.


The place was founded by the 18th century by the Jesuit Father Goose Heimer Julian Knogler. He served from 1748 to 1767 at the root of the Chiquitos mission work.

Traffic network

Santa Ana is located in the north-east 445 kilometers by road from Santa Cruz, the capital of the department. From Santa Cruz leads from the paved highway Ruta 4 to 57 km in the north via Warnes to Montero. Here she meets the Ruta 10, which leads east over a distance of 279 km, and the towns of San Ramón, San Javier and Santa Rosa de Roca crosses as asphalt road. In the remaining 60 km to the provincial capital of San Ignacio de Velasco, 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.

From San Ignacio to the southeast leads from a dirt road that reaches 45 kilometers from Santa Ana and then continues in a southerly direction into the distance of 23 kms San Rafael de Velasco.


The population of the town has more than doubled in the past two decades:


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