Latin America boasts many sites of spiritual significance, from the pre-Hispanic sacred sites of Chichen-Itza in Mexico to the inspirational example of Dominican, Franciscan and Augustinian inspired monasteries in Popocatepetl, the eclectic mix is a reflection of the region’s historic spiritual influences.
Sixteenth century monasteries on the slopes of Popocatepetl, Mexico
Situated on the serene slopes of Popocatepetl, these 16th century monasteries (14 in all) provide inspirational examples of the styles adopted by the Dominican, Franciscan and Augustinian missionaries of the same period.
Pre-Hispanic city of Chichen–Itza, Mexico : Rated as one of the finest example of the Mayan–Toltec civilization, this sacred site was formerly the most powerful Mayan center on the Yucatan peninsula. Most notable of the many remaining structures is the spherical observatory, or El Caracol.
Holy city of Teotihuacan, Mexico: Also known as ‘the place where the gods were created’, the holy city of Teotihuacan was built between the 1st and the 7th centuries AD and is home to such wonders as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.
Historic center of Puebla, Mexico: Located 100kms from Mexico City, The historic city of Puebla has preserved many inspirational religious structures, including its stunning 16th century cathedral and the ‘old archbishop’s palace’.
Historic city of Sucre, Bolivia: Sucre was the first Bolivian capital, founded by the Spanish during the 16th century. The city contains many well-preserved churches, including San Lazaro and Santo Domingo.
Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, Bolivia: Named after the original inhabitants of the area, Chiquitos is home to a circuit of Jesuit Missions, including the baroque San Javier Jesuit Mission, a 16th century church of stunning architecture and ornate wood carvings.
Fuerto de Samaipata, Bolivia: The enormous and spiritually significant sculptured rock and carvings of Fuerto de Samaipata provides a unique window into the ancient beliefs and traditions of this area.
The Sanctuary of Minas Gerais, Brazil: Situated south of Belo Horizonte, the Sanctuary of Minas Geris is an inspirational 18th century church boasting a marvelous Rococo interior, striking statues of the prophets and highly unique expressions in the baroque art form.
Churches of Chiloe, Chile: The churches of Chiloe represent the physical and spiritual fusion between indigenous and European beliefs and culture. Dating back to the 17th century Jesuit Peripatetic Mission, the churches were later enriched with Franciscan influence during the 19th century.
San Agustin Archeological Park, Colombia: San Agustin Park is home to the largest group of religious sculptures in South America. Created by an ancient Andean culture between the 1st and 8th century, these images of gods and mythical animals are truly awe inspiring.