Capital of the region of the same name, it's located
meters (8,400ft) above sea level. It covers an area of 55,631 Km
(34,568mi) and accounts for a population of 1,110,205 inhabitants
(Census of 1992). Its name originates from the Spanish sound derived
from the Quechua name Kochapampa, which speaks of an area subject to
literally "The Plain of Chacos." It is the valley of eternal
Springtime in the heart of Bolivia, half way between the large
eastern flatlands and the high plateaus. Its inhabitants enjoy the
ideal climate, with a landscape that offers peaked mountains, humid, tropical valleys, and a temperate countryside. In
addition to this, various valleys are located at different altitudes,
with the most important being those of Cochabamba, the highest of
the valleys, that became the capital of all the
surrounding valleys of Bolivia. History tells that Cochabamba was
founded twice. The first founding occurred on August 15, 1571,
by Captain Gerónimo
de Osorio. Almost three years later, on January 1, 1574, Sebastián Barba de Padilla,
"reestablished" the land of the valleys, under the express
mandate sent by the viceroy Francisco
de Toledo, who was called the "Great Organizer of Perú."
Like the majority of cities in Bolivia, Cochabamba preserves, to
this day, its colonial appearance, and the best way to observe this is to wander the streets
and appreciate the Plaza 14th of September or the Portales Palace, a
spectacular building constructed by Simón
Patiño, the "baron of tin."
It is located in the center of Bolivia. Bordered by Beni to
the north; to the south with Potosí and Chuquisaca; to the east
with Santa Cruz; and to the west with La Paz and Oruro.
When to go
Christ of the Concord, September 14 Plaza, La Cancha, Portales
How to get there
The Jorge Wilsterman International Airport is the main access to Cochabamba from the rest of the regions in the
country. In addition, the city is connected with other
regions by means of highway.
Walking/hiking, sailing, cultural tours.
Accommodations, tours, transportation
National Tunari Park, the Valley of Cochabamba, Mizque, Torotoro
National Park, Incachaca, El Chapare.