Fodor's Expert Review Iglesia de San Francisco
Considered one of the finest examples of Spanish-colonial architecture in South America, the carved facade of the Church of San Francisco is adorned with birds of prey, ghoulish masks, pinecones, and parrots—a combination of Spanish and indigenous motifs created by local artisans in a style known as baroque mestizo. Built on the site of the original 1549 church, the church as seen today was constructed in various phases between 1743 and 1885. Crafts stalls line the church wall; most days you'll find colorful weavings and handmade musical instruments. Although entrance is free, it is only with a guided tour (Bs20) that you can climb the tower to appreciate the expansive views from the top.