San José de Chiquitos is best known as one of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, which is declared in 1990 a World Heritage Site,as a former Jesuit Reduction. It lies at the junction of important roads: the one of Santa Cruz to Puerto Quijarro and the one to the missions north. San José is close to two important nature sites: Santa Cruz la Vieja historical park and the vast Kaa-Iya national park.
Between 1696 and 1760, six ensembles of reducciones (settlements of Christianized Indians) inspired by the ‘ideal cities’ of the 16th-century philosophers were founded by the Jesuits in a style that married Catholic architecture with local traditions. The climate is tropical.