Considered the foodie centre of Bolivia, Cochabamba offers culinary delights and a thriving cultural scene. Situated in a lush valley, the chilled-out city boasts a bustling open-air market, stunning nature reserves and scenic mountain hikes.
Things to do in Cochabamba
Rivalling Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, Cochabamba is home to Cristo de la Concordia, the city’s most famous landmark perched atop the San Pedro hill. Take a cable car to the second largest statue of Jesus in the world, then climb the stairs of its interior to admire panoramic city views.
Shop like a local at La Cancha, a giant open-air market where vendors sell everything from clothes and textiles to electrical items and artisanal goods. Make your way through the labyrinth of walkways to purchase souvenirs and fresh produce.
Step back in time at Palacio Portales, which highlights the history of Simon Patino, a famous figure in Bolivia’s history. Go on a guided a tour of the gold-coloured mansion to see its extravagant 19th-century decor, walk amongst its beautiful gardens and learn how Patino made his fortune in the tin mining industry.
Looking for an outdoor adventure? Hike the majestic Cerro Tunari mountain, which is 5,035 metres tall. It dominates the landscape of Cochabamba and offers scenic hikes past aquamarine lakes and the Cochabamba valley. You might even spot llamas or condors.
Getting around Cochabamba
You can fly into Jorge Wilstermann International Airport, only a 10-minute drive from the city centre, while buses from La Paz take around eight hours. The most convenient way to get around Cochabamba is by bus or taxi.