Introduction to Trinidad

Trinidad in Bolivia is little different to most Bolivian cities which are built around a central square or Plaza, dominated by a Roman Catholic Cathedral as the focal point.

Trinidad is situated on the Southern edge of the Amazon Basin on the Llanos Moxos where its population of an estimated 130,000 residents enjoy a tropical savannah type climate with its associate all year round heat and high humidity.

The city is also known officially as the La Santisima Trinidad which translated from the Spanish represents ‘The Most Holy Trinity’. Today Trinidad is recognized as being the capital of the Department of Beni from which the needs of the population are administered.

The original Trinidad was founded by the Jesuit priest Padre Cipriano Barace in 1686, but in 1769 the small settlement was transferred to its present location in the Cercado Province of Beni as a result of continual flooding from the Mamoré River.

So from a small beginning this city has grown, yet the local environment has changed little and still consists of dense rainforest with the many rivers and streams in the region being direct tributaries of the mighty Amazon River.

The original Mission style Church was totally rebuilt in 1923 with most of the old original religious icons, paintings and relics now being kept in the central Cathedral in the Plaza.

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