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|| 170 km2 (70 sq mi)
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Cochabamba, also known as The city of eternal spring or The garden city, is a vibrant and friendly city in Bolivia conveniently located on the way from La Paz to Sucre. The city is the fourth biggest city in Bolivia, is surrounded by mountains and located around 240 km southeast of La Paz.
Cochabamba it a perfect destination for anybody who wants to step away from the hustle and bustle of South Americas main tourist destinations and wants to get in touch with easy going locals while enjoying some of the best art and culture Bolivia has to offer. The city is geared towards volunteers and expats more than backpackers and offers both basic through luxury accommodation. Cochabamba is a great place to learn Spanish and offers some of the best language schools in South America. Activity options are growing and Cochabamba now offers adventures such as paragliding, mountaineering, tours to nearby national parks and rafting. The food and nightlife options are among the best in Bolivia. The bars and clubs all have an artsy feeling to it. Nicknamed the "Culinary capitol of Bolivia", Cochabamba it is rumored to offer the best international cuisine, Bolivian cuisine and street food in Bolivia.
The main thoroughfare in Cochabamba is Avenida de las Heroinas, which runs east-west, with its north-south counterpart Avenida Ayacucho. The intersection of these two is known by its Correo, the city's post office. Plaza 14 de Septiembre (usually referred to as Plaza Principal) is considered the center of the city. Avenida Ballivian (commonly called El Prado) is a tree-lined boulevard running north from Plaza Colon, with many of the city's better restaurants and hotels nearby. Generally, neighborhoods get more affluent towards the north, and poorer to the south.
Cochabamba's Jórge Wilstermann International Airport (IATA: CBB, ICAO: SLCB) connects well to other large cities in the country. If flying from La Paz, sit on the left side to get a stunning view of Mt. Illimani just off the wingtip. In some cases, next day flights to La Paz at very affordable rates. A taxi to the center of town from the airport is about Bs 25.
Flights to CBB are handled by BoA , ecojet , Amaszonas  and Bolivia´s military airline named TAM. Brazilian TAM no longer flies to Cochabamba while Aerosur went under recently.
The terminal is some 6 blocks south of the center, just north of the market called Cancha. Note that some bus companies drop you off at their own terminal office, in some cases pretty far from downtown.
- From La Paz, it's around eight hours by bus to Cochabamba. Buses leave every hour, 30-60 Bs. depending on the luxury you want and the bus company you choose for. Boliviar is the company that offers most of the luxury, including a second driver and plush cama seats. They leave almost every 1 1/2 hr, beginning at 6:30AM and ending at 11PM. As always in Bolivia, be aware of road blocks. When showing up last minute you might find some great bargains.
- It's 10 hours by bus to and from Santa Cruz, 50 - 100 Bs.
- Night buses to Sucre, 8-9 hours, 30-50 Bs. and Potosi, 11 hours, 40 Bs. normal, 60 Bs. Semi-Cama
- Afternoon bus to Tupiza, arrives in the morning, 90 Bs.
- From Samaipata (actually from Mairana, which is near Samaipata) ~40 BOB.
Cochabamba has buses (micros), mini-vans (trufis) and and shared cabs (taxi-trufis) that run along fixed routes. There are no set stops and in order to get off, you must say "me bajo", "voy a bajar" (I want to get off) or "esquina" (for stop at the corner). Fares are 1.90 Bs., but most trufi drivers don't carry sufficient change and will charge you 2 Bs.
Taxis are easily identified by their signs and will flash their lights when they are avaliable. The standard taxi fares within the city range between 7 - 10 Bs. for one person at daytime to 20 Bs for a group at nighttime. While Cochabamba taxi drivers are usually honest, it is always a good idea to agree on a fare before you get into the taxi. It is best to speak Spanish to the cab driver, as he will charge two-to-three times more if you ask for a location in English. To say, "I want to go to ____", say, "Quiero ir a ____".
- Cristo de la Concordia, (Walk Calle Colombia until its eastern end, then a swift right: This park and playground is where the cable car goes from, 10,5 Bs back and forth, closed on Mondays. It is also possible to reach the statue by taxi or on the free Sunday bus tour that leaves form Plaza Colon.). The statue is just a bit higher and larger than the one in Rio de Janeiro, making it the world's second largest Jesus Christ statue after Świebodzin. The hill on which the statue is located offers a great view of the city. If you decide to walk up, check whether plenty of people are on the stairs. Muggings have occured in the past; these days a police station is located at the cable terminal. On sundays, many people make it up the stairs, so it's perfectly safe to join them and conquer the 1000 steps. edit
- Simón I. Patiño Cultural Center / Centro Pedagógico y Cultural Simón I. Patiño, (Av. Potosí), . Includes the Palacio Portales mansion, gardens (Jardines), and an art museum (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo). The mansion was built by Patiño, a tin magnate who controlled over half of the nation's output in the 1930s. Guided tour Tu-F, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30 (Spanish), 16:00, 17:00 (English). In the weekend the palacio is opened from 10.00 to 12.00 only. edit
- Museum of Natural History, Calle Potosi, Recoleta (Next door to Palacio Portales). edit
- Medical Museum. The main Hospital in Cochabamba, Hospital Viedma, has a cute little medical museum attached, with some amazing old x-ray machines. The museum is near the corner of Venezuela and Oquendo. edit
- Museo Archeologico, Jordan esq. Aguirre. Awesome archeological museum with mummies, deformed skulls, amazing pottery and other artifacts. Well worth a visit. 25 Bs. edit
Bike Art Tour, . Is a fun, relaxed and interesting tour of the open air museum located in the neighborhoods of Villa Coronilla and Geronimo Osorio. The tour includes come cultural history of the neighborhood and many of the murals that were painted for the Bineal de Arte Urbano. Tours are 1.5 hour long and area available in English and Spanish. They depart every Wednesday at 15:00 from the Spitting Llama in Plaza Granados, and on Sundays 15:00 from the Bike Art Tour Headquarters. Groups of 4 or more can be accommodated for alternative times. Check the facebook page Bike Art Cocha for more details. edit
Paragliding and other outdoor activities
The city is Bolivia`s paragliding capital, featuring high quality paragliding schools that do both tandem flights and courses.
- AndeseXtremo, . is an excellent choice for paragliding and also offers other outdoor activities including rock climbing. This school offers tandem flights for about 350 Bs. The flight offers a fantastic view of the Cochabamba valley. One option of rockclimbing they offer is in Quarry Angostura which will cost you $45 per person for 1 day (half day) with a minimum of 2 people. The difficulty level is 5a-6c. edit
- Head to Villa Tunari (a few hours by bus out of Cochabamba, but a beautiful ride) for adventurous outdoor activities such as rafting.
- Ask the locals or your hostel staff for hiking and camping opportunities just minutes outside of the city.
- Fundacion Delpia, . Cochabamba is also a good point for excursions into the Chapare Region. This is a non-profit organisation that organizes tours to the National Park Isiboro Sécure and visits to local indigenous communities (4-5 days). Visitors can choose to get either integrated into the daily life of the local families (fishing, cooking, hunting, sleeping in traditional hut etc) or touring the national park with an indigenous guide by foot or canoe (sleeping in tents). edit
- Bolivia Tour, . edit
Conexiones Entre Mundos, . Is a school in Cochabamba where you can learn Spanish at very good price with some good teachers! There is a lot of students, so you can also make some friends at the same time! edit
Janajpacha School of life, . You can improve your language skills while experiencing the life in an Eco-community. Janajpacha is focusing on learning, health and happiness. They certainly offer the most unique Spanish program of Bolivia. Definetely worth a visit: janajpacha.com edit
Thanks to the social character of the Cochabambinos and the presence of many expats and volunteers, Cochabamba is host to a great amount of social activities including:
- Parlana. This is a weekly language & culture exchange on Tuesdays from 19:00 to 23:00. Free of charge, usually around 30 - 40 people show up. This activity changes locations every week, so check their public Facebook page to see in which venue they are:  edit
- Keep an eye open for the monthly Couchsurfing event, which usually features a very social and friendly atmosphere.</do>
Almost all cinemas in Cochabamba offer a 2 for 1 deal on Wednesdays.
- Cinecenter, 8 Bs. by taxi from the centre, just north of Plaza Quintanilla and accessible by pedestrian tunnel from the Boulevard. This is by far the biggest and more advanced cinema in town, featuring 3D, mostly Hollywood movies, a TGI Fridays and a food court. edit
- Cine Norte. This would be your second choice if seats at Cine Center are sold out. 3D movies avaliable. edit
- Alliance-Française. Located at calle La Paz and Crisostomo Carrillo, southwest of Plaza Quintanilla. Offers free movies once or twice per week. You can get a brief of their cultural agenda at many bars and cafes around the city or at their own place. edit
- The center (around Calle Espana) offers some good cinemas.
- Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano, . An excellent social justice organisation from Bolivia which offers volunteers the ability to train and facilitate with required social issues affecting many underrepresented Bolivians. They offer a homestay with safe, respectable families as well as a social network to keep you in the loops of cultural events whilst staying safe. edit
Other things to do
- Hot springs. There is a nice hot spring near Cochabamba. Travel time one way is around 1.5 hours, mostly due to roundabout trufi routes. To get there, take a trufi from the southeast corner of Plaza Sucre (near the University) to Quillacollo, 12 or so km to the west. Get off at the main plaza in Quillacollo, Plaza Bolivar, and walk one block west to Calle Santa Cruz. On the north side of the main road, you should be able to pick up a trufi on Calle Santa Cruz to the hot springs. You´ll have to walk the last 1.5 km. The trufi costs 5 Bs. Entrance fee is 4 Bolivianos. Make sure you ask if the trufi goes to the ¨aguas calientes.¨ If you like nature, you should also consider to stay a night at the beautiful Eco-Community "Janajpacha" (which is closed to the hot springs). 4 Bs. edit
- mARTadero, Ollantay esq. 27 de Agosto, . A great arts and performance center based in an old slaughterhouse. They have rotating art exhibits, music performances, and other interesting stuff. edit
There are some towns around Cochabamba worth visiting:
- Punata (market on Tuesday with a lot of indigenous people selling animals)
- Tarata, nice picturesque town that can make an easy day trip
- Quillacollo for it's Fiesta de la Virgen de Urkupiña (August 15th) and to visit Janajpacha Eco-Community
- Toro Toro where there is a beautiful national park by the same name. You can tour the caves or the canyons, and see dinosaur footprints Torotoro National Park.
- Villa Tunari and the nearby Carrasco National Park.
- La Cancha. One of the city's biggest attractions is the city market on the south side of town, the largest open-air market in South America. Clothing, food, souvenirs, or books, La Cancha has it all against extremely competitive prices. The market district spills out along Av. San Martin, which runs north from the Cancha to the center. The best day to visit the market is on Saturday, on other days not all the shops are open. Leave your valuables home as pick pocketing in this area is fairly common. edit
- The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter, (Calle España y Equador), ☎ 79770312 ([email protected]), . Offers a wide range of trekking, camping equipment and gear. They sell sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, hiking boots and lots of handy little gadgets like headlamps, compasses, and batteries. They also rent gear like tents and sleeping bags. They offer maps of major Bolivian cities, popular Bolivian tourist destinations, topographical maps, trekking maps, maps of South American Countries and more. They also have thousands of books in English and many other languages and have Bolivia's best book exchange. They are open M-F 9AM-1PM and 3PM-7PM, Sa 9AM-1PM and closed Sunday. They speak English. edit
Thanks to the city's origin as an agricultural center for mining communities, Cochabamba claims to have the best food in Bolivia.
- Don Corleone, Calle España (Between Ecuador and Mayor Rocha), ☎ 4255255. Evenings. Probably the best pizza in town. Big pizza Bs 50. edit
- Casablanca, Calle 25 de Mayo (Half a block from Plaza Colon). Very happening place frequented by Bolivians and gringos alike. Large and varied reasonably-priced menu influenced by the Italian owner. Also good for snacks and a few drinks. Latté is 7B, ceviche 25B, sangria 12B, large servings of pasta for 28B, sandwiches 16B. Wi-Fi connection, though may be a little slow due to heavy usage by other customers. Main courses Bs. 30, pint of beer Bs. 9. edit
- Cristal, Av. de las Heroinas E-352 (Between 25 de Mayo and España). Very neat and clean. Good breakfasts 15-21 Bs, set lunch 16 Bs.. edit
- Casa de Campo, Av. Uyuni 618, among other upscale restaurants in Recoleta. Large plates of food (even the half-plate was too much) and good pique macho and other local dishes. Price range is 37-50B. Probably one of the best restaurants in town. Highly recommended.
- Sucremanta, Several locations: Plaza 14 de Septiembre, and on the Prado. Small but filling menu, -somewhat spicey. The Plaza branch, with live piano music on Saturday noon is a modest place for a brunch. Try the hearty menudito.
- Dumbo, Av. Heroinas E-0354, also El Prado 55. Bolivia's favorite family restaurant. The main joint on Heroinas is always packed, with four dining floors and enough dancers in animal suits to keep the entire juvenile population of Cochabamba entertained.
- Meihua, SW corner of Plaza Colon. Lunch, dinner and in between.. Standard chinese. A bit greasy but cheap. The entradas at around Bs 15 are full meals. edit
- Bufalo Rodizio, A Brazilian churasco style restaurant where the waiters comes to your table with a good selection of freshly grilled meats. Delicious. Note that there is only the choice of a buffet style dinner in the evenings, priced at a very reasonable Bs. 60 for all you can eat! The entrance is through the elevator found on the right as you enter the shopping mall. Avenida Oquendo N. 0654
- Paprika, North American style dishes and internationalized Bolivian classics. Yummy hot wings. The restaurant has the air of a place for the "see and be seens" in Cochabamba. Recommended. Avenida Ramon Rivero, on the corner of Lanza. Open in the evenings.
- Brasilian Coffee, Av. Ballivian (Near Plaza Colon). Excellent Japanese food - sushi, sushimi, yakisoba etc. Very poor Wi-Fi connection available. Open almost 24x7. It's a little pricey with lattés running 11B (vs. 7B at Buenos Aires next door) and the staff are a little dim witted. An alternative if you need to use the Wi-Fi is to sit close by at Dumbos or at Wis'upku (sic) and connect long-range. edit
- Jacaranda, Tadeo Aenque. Not near the city center at all, but it has the reputation of best charque joint in town. Some people say that you can't leave Cochabamba without trying the charque, though it does really just taste like fried beef jerky. The quechua word "charque" is in fact the origin of the English "jerky". Charque is llama meat which is dried, then baked in the oven, then fried for the ultimate crispiness. The half-plate at Jacaranda comes with at least a pound of dried llama jerky, 2 boiled eggs, and the tastiest choclo (oooh the cheese slab was so thick and crumbly). The half-plate was about a 5-inch high pile, ran 50B and feeds a normal-sized person for lunch and dinner. edit
- Zhou, Av. Villarroel esq. Ciclovia. This place was recommended by a couple who'd lived here for 4 years, so I walked out of my way to find this place (fairly far away), and was a tad disappointed. The food here isn't the most authentic Asian either and not even a good P.F. Chang imitation. Needless to say, the couple wasn't Asian either. It's slightly pricey, with sushi (mostly trucha-salmon imported from La Paz. Part of my disappointment was that I couldn't find good cuts of fresh surubi, trout or other river-fish sashimi here in Cochabamba.) running 50Bs. I had a classic soba (30B) but the noodles looked suspiciously like they came out of a Maruchen ramen noodle package. And I felt slightly sick after the meal. edit
- La Estancia, La Recoleta (Av. Uyuni). Upscale and pleasant Argentinian steak place. Portions aren't of the legendary Cochabamba size, but rather of the normal steak-portion size. Word is that the salad bar is amazing. Cut of chicken breast fillet is about 35Bs and steak about 45-50B. You can get those skinny skinny chip-like potato fry crisps here. edit
- Buenos Aires:, Ballivian No. 539 (El Prado). Great airy location right on the Prado, next to Brazilian Coffee, and serves a decent almuerzo complete for 18B (25B on Sunday). Although the food is presented prettily, the quality is más o menos (quantity is certainly menos), but has the advantage of not being greasy and comes with an open salad bar. Latté 7B, salads 26B, steak (large portions) 30-40B. Accepts VISA. edit
- Sole Mio, Av. América N° 826 entre Pando y Mechor Urquidi. An Italian joint, whose specialty is pizzas from the oven. Gael Garcia Bernal was seen here eating last year when he was filming a movie on location about Cochabamba's water wars. Pizza comes out remarkably fast but the service isn't. It's a decent quality, not as good as in the U.S. but better than Eli's. Pizzas run about 50B for a medium and 40B for a personal, though watch out for overcharging. edit
- Kebbab - Las Mil y Una Noches, Avenida Potosi (right next to Palacio Portales). A tasty reminder that South America isn't the only region known for huge cuts of meat roasted on spits. Great atmosphere thanks to the exotic paintings depicting One Thousand and One Nights. Open in the evenings. edit
- Persepolis, Avenida Potosi, . 17:30-23:30. Really good place to eat gyros and kebabs, the beer is good too edit
- Llama Comelona, 615 Calle España (Across from Hotel Regina), ☎ 4662084, . 9am-7pm. The Llama Comelona natural foods store has a juicy selection of fresh natural, organic produce from Cochabamba's eco-feria. They have great natural food products including organic yogurt that they make themselves. They also specialize in microbeers and fine imported wines. (-17.386331,-66.157941) edit
- Local Food Market, Calle 25 de Mayo / Jordan. You find this market on the corner of Calle 25 de Mayo and Calle Jordan, on block from the Placa 14 de Septiembre. On this small and crowded food market you can find various local lunch dishes for around 10 - 15 Bolivianos and a good trout dish (local fish from surrounding lakes) for around 25 Bs. Some of them also include a soup as a starter. In the back of the market are some great ice-cream places (small portion 13 Bs, large portion 18 Bs, Fruit Juices 8 Bs). edit
- Las Islas, Norte. A small food market with local fastfood. Ideal for late munchies. Opens at 6 pm until late. Try the Coco Burger for 15 Bs. Ask the cab driver for mercado las islas in the north. 5 - 20. edit
- Eli´s, Corner of Colombia and 25 de Mayo, laso on Av. America. Inspired by North American joints. Pizza slices Bs 10-15, sandwich combos Bs 20. edit
- Globos, S end of El Prado (NE corner of Plaza Colon, also other locations.). Good icecream, many coffe-drinks, some cakes and burgers. Scoop 5 Bs, cup 20 Bs.. edit
- Papi Pollo, Calle Santivañez, esquina Ayacucho. Offers some of the best fried chicken you will find in Cochabamba. edit
- Street food, Av Heroinas, esquina Ayacucho. In the evening there are numerous food stalls selling hamburgers, lomitas, piques, etc for around 10 Bs. A little further along (esquina with Baptista) there is a noodle bar, noodles with vegetables and chicken/carne is 12 Bs (small) or 16 Bs (large). During the day an almuerzo completo is offered for around 15 Bs in a number of establishments around the centre (eg one near esquina Ayacucho with Calama) including soup and a main course. For the even more budget-conscious an almuerzo is 10 Bs in the mercado around Av 25 de Julio & Calle Sucre. Freshly squeezed orange juice from carts for 3 Bs a glass. edit
- Tulasi", Av. Heroinas 270. Seemingly without regular opening times, set price is now Bs 18. edit
- Gopal, Calle Espana, between Equador and Colombia. Hot and cold Buffet lunch buffet for 20bs., the homemade jugs of juice are delicious. Ordering off the menu is possible in the evening, but not as good. Beautiful open courtyard to sit in. Set price Bs 20. edit
- Sabro-Vida, At the top of Calle Junín #942 (almost at the Costañera). Serves 15 Bs lunch 12-2 pm weekdays and Sundays 17 Bs. Also serves good pizzas in the evenings, Mon-Thurs. Pleasant staff and spacious, lofted dining area with murals of the jungle. edit
The best chicha, fermented corn (or peach) based beverage, is said to come from the Cochabamba region.
Most small bars are around Equador and España (close to Plaza Colon). Av. Ballivian (Prado) has bigger venues that feature louder music. The joints grow fancier and more expensive has you head north into Recoleta, centred on Calle Pando.
- Cafe Paris, NE corner of Plaza 14 de Septiembre (Corner of Bolivar and 25 de Mayo). Parisian style café with both filling and sweet crepes as well as a good coffee. Very reliable WiFi available. Sadly, this is about the only café worthy of the name in the whole town. The only other place to qualify is the Amanda next to the Metropolitan Cathedral on 14 September Square. Coffees Bs 8-17. edit
- Cocafe, Calle Venezuela (Between España and 25 de Mayo). Small, cozy, well decorated. Leaves on offer. 0,6 l beer 10 Bs. edit
- Cerebrito, Calle España (Betwenn Colombia and Ecuador). Evenings. After school hangout for 18-25s. Star Wars decor. Rock music. Cheap dinners. Probably the most colourful range of shots in the country. Bottoms up! edit
- Panchos, Calle Mayor Rocha (Between España and 25 de Mayo). Starts out as a bar, turns into a club. Mostly latin music. 1 l beer Bs 15.. edit
- Picasso´s, Calle España (Between Equador and Mayro Rocha). Nice warm up venue. Tables, bar, play dice. 1 l beer Bs 15. edit
- Marka, Calle Ecuador (Between España and 25 de Mayo). Until late. A courtyard with electronic music and a very mixed crowd. 0.6 l beer 10 Bs.. edit
- Lujos, Calle Beni (Almost on the corner of Santa Cruz). Until sunrise on weekends. Full dance floor, mostly classics ie. reggaeton. Entry 10-15 Bs, pint of beer 10 Bs.. edit
- Café Fusión, Calle España (between Ecuador and Mayor Rocha). Small, cosy café-bar, with a very friendly Italian owner. Great place to start the night. Cocktails 13-25Bs. Beer 13Bs. Does very good Italian dishes. edit
- Pimienta, Av America (Between Villarroel and Tarija). Opens around 1AM, runs all night. Probably the most popular dance club with westerners, plays a mix of 90's and current hits. Gets full around 2:30AM. Entry 20 Bs includes one drink. edit
- Chernobil, Best place to drink Chicha in the Cochabamba region. It is in the town of Quillacollo just west of the city. Well know by the locals, the chicha is safe to drink and so is the food.
- Llama Comelona, 615 Calle España (Across from), ☎ 79347409, . 9am-7pm. The Llama Comelona natural foods store has juicy fresh, local, organic vegetables and local beers and ales. They have imported wines and organic yogurt that they make themselves! Natural foods from Bolivia and abroad make this a delightful treat. English spoken. (-17.386331,-66.157941) edit
- Cafe Arte Urquidi, Colombia street (Right downtown, between Espana and Baptista. One block from Heroinas). This place is a very cool fusion of art. The American owner has an excellent hand for making drinks. The owner and his brother are artists and there are many cool products with their artwork for sale. edit
- Il Mulino Bianco, Calle Chiquisaca No 711, casi Antezana, ☎ 4663024, . Mon - Sat, 8:00am - 8:30pm. Awesome coffee shop with delish savory and sweet baked goods and great atmosphere, including outside seating and wifi. edit
- Eden, Pastelería y Salon de Té, Av. Salamanca No 639, between Lanza and Antezana, ☎ 4223725-4256082, . Great selection of pastries with cuter interior and outdoor terrace overlooking the street edit
There are dozens of cheap hotels and hostales between the bus terminal and the center (Plaza 14 de Septiembre). This area is not very safe late at night.
- Hostal Bon Airense, Calle 25 de Mayo 329 (Half a block from Plaza Colon, between calles Ecuador & Venezuela. Note it is NORTH of Av Heroinas), ☎ +591 4 425 3911 ([email protected], fax: +591 4 452 2719). Probably the best value accommodation in the center, featuring spacious 3 bed rooms. Clean bathrooms with hot showers and properly working free wifi. No toilet paper. Huge inside common area. June 2014 :bathrooms (at least upstairs) really couldn't be described as clean, and only one of three showers was hot, but it was hot. Room with shared bathroom 60 Bs per person, with private bath 80 Bs per person for a double.. edit
- Hotel Los Angeles, Ave. Esteban Arze 345 (between Jordán and Sucre). Decent budget hotel in a good location. Singles Bs 70, doubles Bs 120, with bath and breakfast. It competes with the Hotel Las Vegas (similar prices and standard) across the street for the cheesiest norteamericano decor. edit
- Nawpa Hostel, Calle España 250 (Between Ecuador and Colombia), ☎ 72208443, . Centrally located, relatively new hostel in a green courtyard with a vegetarian restaurant attached. Private rooms for 120 bs (13.12.2012). Dirty and smelly rooms. Unconcerned staff. No discounts! edit
- Residencial Cristo de Concordia, Av. Aroma E-437 casi San Martin (Between Main Plaza and Bus Terminal), ☎ (4) 4257131 ([email protected]), . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Not such a good location, can be very dangerous at night and is recommended to take a taxi to and from Hostel, laundry service, helpful staff, Free Wi-Fi. Single/Double with bath 50/80 Bs.. edit
- Residencia Familiar, Calle Sucre E-554 (Three blocks from Plaza 14 de Septiembre and two blocks from Avenida Heroinas), ☎ 422-7988 450-4609. Clean room with two beds and shared bath, double Bs. 100bs. Larger bed and private bath for 120bs. Area to wash clothes in back. Owners are a bit paranoid and untrusting of other Bolivians. They close internet (turn off the modem) around midnight. Double with bath 120 Bs. edit
- Hostal Jardin, Calle Hamiraya N-0258 (Between Equador and Colombia), ☎ 4525356. Fairly quiet, some long-termers, popular among Brazilians. You might share water pressure with you neighbours and the rooms smell strongly of cleaning fluid everyday. Small breakfast consisting of bread and tea included. Safe parking. And, yes, there is a garden here. If you stay for 10 days in a row, you can get a discount to 25B per day for a single with shared bath. Single,shared bath , 35 Bs, with bath 40 Bs.. edit
- Hostal Elisa, Lopez S-834. Small, but neat rooms, around a cozy courtyard. Hot water may be tricky. No internet. Single, shared bath, Bs 35, with bath Bs 70. Double with private bath is 60 Bs. per person. Breakfast extra.. edit
- Hostal Kanata, Ayacucho 941, has clean doubles for 60 Bs (20 Bs more for a TV), though a not too friendly staff.
- Running Chaski Hostel, España 449 (Between Mexico and Mayor Rocha), ☎ +591 4 - 4250559, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. A brand new hostel right in the center of Cochabamba. It has both private rooms (with TV) and dorms - all with private bathrooms. Awesome breakfast included, as well as computer access and wifi, common areas, TV-room, cable, hot showers and fully equiped kitchen - everything new and clean. Staff speaks English. Beautiful colonial style building and a great yard to make a barbeque, a bonfire or to simply chill. 11$US. edit
- Hostal Wara, Calle Ecuador No. 163, entre Ayacucho y Junin, ☎ 4585730. The showers had warm water, the Wifi was very good. Breakfast was nothing special. 140 Bs for matrimonial with private bathroom and breakfast. edit
- Alojamiento El dorada. Near bus station, before av.Aroma" Matrimonial 60 bs (oct 17). Hot water only before mid day/evening. No wi fi, but this alojamiento is close to bus station, where you can use free wi fi. edit
The upper end hotels are mostly concentrated within a block or two from Plaza Colon. Expect to pay upwards of Bs 150 for a single. Also many classy hotels in Recoleta.
- Apart Hotel Regina, c. España Nro. 636 (between c. Reza and c. La Paz), ☎ +591 4 423 4217 ([email protected]), . The Apart Hotel Regina, offers both rooms and apartments with kitchens. It is located close to El Prado and many popular night spots - however noise isn't a problem while sleeping. Staff at the reception desk speak English, and are friendly. The room decor is outdated and the carpets need to be replaced. There is hot water and good water pressure. All the rooms have free wifi. On-site parking is available. The buffet breakfast is from 7am until 10am. Bs. 270 - Bs. 700. edit
- Agarthan Hideout - Private Furnished Apartments in 8 story Building, Aroma y Junin (3 blocks from the bus terminal), ☎ +591 772-54-605 ([email protected]), . checkin: flexible; checkout: flexible. 60m2 apartments well equipped. 9th Floor Rooftop Access for great views and barbeques. Artsy. Clean. Private. Very unsafe area at night. Furnished Flats w/free wifi From 18$ a day. edit
- Gran Hotel Cochabamba, . This is where most of the business people stay. The hotel has a swimming pool, a bar and a nice restaurant. Rooms are around 70 - 100 USD. edit
Cochabamba is one of the safest cities in Bolivia and it is safe to walk deserted streets even at night. Taking a cab at night is never a problem, however for girls traveling alone it's always a better idea to call a radio taxi. Parks are safest during the day, but are usually safe at night as well. The places you should pay the most attention to your safety are:
- The hill of the Coronilla (behind the bus terminal) because it is often deserted and robberies have taken place. However, the streets south of Calle Aroma are quite safe at night in spite of its gritty look.
- On the stairs of the hill with the Christ statue Cerro de San Pedro have been robberies, some during the day. Use common sense: if plenty of people are on the stairs, there is no problem other than your legs. Otherwise, take a taxi or the teleferico (cable cars) to the top. There is a sign that states if you take the stairs you will be mugged.
- In La Cancha after dark.
- Crossing over the bridges at night. These can be "hang outs" for the intoxicated and/or homeless.
- The Punto Entel on the southeast corner of Heroinas and Ayacucho is probably the neatest and best equipped internet spot. The going rate is 2-3 Bs an hour.
- Calls to landlines in Europe and North America can be had as low as 0,50 Bs a minute. Shop around!
- The internet/callshop at Av. Heroinas E0151 (Near the corner of Ayacucho) is good for Skype.
- Lavaya, Corner of Salamanca and Lanza (A block off Plaza Colon). 08:30 - 20:00. Same day laundry if you show up at opening time. 10 Bs per kilo. edit
- Lavanderia Brilliante, Av Aroma 118 (Between Ayachucho and Lopez). 7AM - 10PM. Several others on the same block. Wash and dry 7 Bs/kilo. edit
- Laundry at Calle Junin, between Heroinas and Bolivar. Wash and Dry 7 Bs/kilo. 8AM-12 2PM-7.
- A few exchange bureaus at the SW corner of Plaza 14 de Setiembre.
- Many street money changers, particularly at Cancha, if you are willing to risk it.
- For visa extensions, head to Imigracion at Av. J. Rodriguez one block east of Santa Cruz. Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 14:30 p.m.-18:30 p.m. Bring one photo copy of your passport's photo page and one photo copy of your green immigration slip. There is a photocopy booth in front of the building charging B$1 per copy.
- Argentina (Consulate General), Calle Federico Blanco 929 Casilla de Correo 756, ☎ +591 4 425-5859 ([email protected]), . 08:30-13:00. edit
- Brazil (Consulate General), Av. Portales nº E-0568, entre Tomás Frias y Potosí Zona Norte, barrio Queru Queru, Casilla nº 6673, ☎ +591 4 448-5033 ([email protected]). 08:30-11:30, 14:30-17:30. edit
- Chile (Consulate General), Avda. Santa Cruz Nro. 1274, esquina Beni Edificio Comercial Center,piso 12-2, ☎ +591 4 448-6818 ([email protected], fax: +591 4 412-1480). 09:00-13:00. edit
- Colombia (Consulate General), Av. Ballivian esquina La Paz Edif. La Paz Piso 1, ☎ +591 4 424-8804 ([email protected], fax: +591 4 4250699). edit
- Croatia (Consulate General), Calle 25 De Mayo No. 0167, Casilla 458, ☎ +591 4224421 ([email protected], fax: 59 1 33365663). edit
- Ecuador (Consulate General), Av. America E. 0288, Sto. Piso, Edif.. Rosedal Quinto Piso, 1035, ☎ (005914) 428 0983 ([email protected], fax: (005912) 4293802). edit
- France (Honorary Consulate), Calle Francisco Viedma Nº0532, ☎ (591-4) 441 45 11 ([email protected], fax: (591) 764 612 34), . edit
- Germany (Honorary Consulate), Calle España Edif. La Promotora, esq. Heroinas 6°, piso, of. 602, ☎ (00591 4) 425 40 23 (fax: (00591 4) 425 40 23). edit
- Italy (Honorary Consulate), Av. Gualberto Villaroel n. 1132 Edif. Confort, of. 2B, ☎ +591 (4) 4486311 ([email protected], fax: +591 (4) 4486311), . edit
- Netherlands (Consulate General), Av. Oquendo 654, Torres Sofer Piso 7, Casilla 6029, ☎ +591 4 4230888 ([email protected], fax: +591 4 4530777). edit
- Peru (Consulate General), Av. Oquendo, E-0654, Piso 6 oficina 606/7 Entre Calle Pacciri y Pedro Borda Edificio 'Las Torres Sofer I', ☎ +591 4 466-4154 ([email protected], fax: +591 4 466-4153). 09:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00. edit
Buses to most destinations leave from the main terminal. Some companies use their own spots in the same area.
- Buses to La Paz leave frequently, almost every half hour. Bolivar does a full cama for BOB 106 (jan 2017). It takes 7-8 hours.
- Buses to Oruro supposedly go very often. You may need to get to the terminal early-ish, to actually get a seat.