The Santa María Hotel is in a prime location on the historic square which is original to the mission settlement. All the Reductions were centred around a large square such as this, and ours has the added advantage of shady trees where friendly monkeys live. Feeding the monkeys is one of the favourite activities of our young visitors.
Next to the hotel is the craft workshop where a sewing cooperative meets every weekday to embroider the appliqué bags, clothes and other items for which Santa María is now acquiring an international reputation. In front of the workshop is the foundational cross of Santa María: every Reduction started with the planting of a cross. Next to that is the esplanade – a stage where festivals of local folk dancing are held – and behind that is the church, which is built on the original site and in the traditional style of having tree trunks for columns. Directly facing the hotel is the museum, housed in a building which dates right back to the Reduction. All these features can be seen from the hotel’s lounge and front veranda.
The Hospital, police station and petrol station are all within 100 metres of the Hotel.