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Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, in a valley with the same name, in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and is the fourth largest city in Bolivia, with a population of 630,587 according to the 2012 Bolivian census. Its name is from a compound of the Quechua words qucha, meaning "lake", and pampa, "open plain". Residents of the city and surrounding areas are commonly referred to as cochalas, or, more formally, cochabambinos.
It is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "The Garden City" because of its spring-like temperatures all year round. It is also known as "La Llajta", which means " town" in Quechua.
Cochabamba's famous "Eternal Spring" continues to hold sway over the hearts of true Cochalos. Neither experiencing the humid heat of Santa Cruz nor the frigid winds of La Paz, Cochabamba enjoys a semi-arid climate. At 17° south of the Equator, tropical days are balanced by the cool of mountain nights
The Attraction of Cochabamba are:
Nothing symbolizes Bolivia's gilded mineral age like tin baron Simón Patino's European-style Palacio Portales. Though he never actually inhabited this opulent mansion completed in 1927, it was stocked with some of t…
Cristo de la Concordia
This immense Christ statue standing atop Cerro de San Pedro (2800m) behind Cochabamba is the second largest of its kind in the world. Its 44cm higher than the famous Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, which stands 3…
Convento de Santa Teresa
Straight out of a Gabriel García Márquez novel is the noble, timeworn Convento de Santa Teresa. Guided tours (around 45 minutes) of this gracefully decaying complex allow you to see the peaceful cloister, fine altar…
The Museo Arqueológico provides an excellent overview of Bolivia’s various indigenous cultures. The collection is split into three sections: the archaeological collection, the ethnographic collection and the paleont…
Sprawling, chaotic and claustrophobic, Cochabamba's main market, while lacking an attractive mise-en-scène, is nevertheless a colorful place to wander. The largest and most accessible area is Mercado Cancha Calatayu…
On the arcaded Plaza 14 de Septiembre, Cochabamba's cathedral is the valley’s oldest religious structure, begun in 1571. Later additions and renovations have removed some character, but a fine eastern portal has bee…
Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d'Orbigny
Adjacent to the Palacio Portales is the city's rather more low-key natural history museum. With its creaky wooden floors and array of stuffed birds and mammals, this is a good way to kill half an hour while waiting …
Iglesia de la Recoleta
North of the river, the baroque Iglesia de la Recoleta (construction began in 1654) houses the attractive wooden Cristo de la Recoleta.
Iglesia & Convento de San Francisco
Constructed in 1581, the Iglesia & Convento de San Francisco is Cochabamba’s second-oldest church. However major revisions and renovation occurred in 1782 and 1925, and little of the original structure remains. …
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
This rococo church was founded in 1612, but construction didn’t begin until 1778. Its intriguing main facade is made of stone, with anthropomorphic columns. The interior, with a much-revered Trinity, is less interes…
Templo Santa Clara
This church and its accompanying convent of the same name were built in the early 20th century in an unadorned gothic style.
Iglesia del Hospicio
This church, built in 1875, combines neoclassical, baroque and Byzantine elements.