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COCHABAMBA

The Andean valley of Cochabamba is characterized by having the best climate in the world, since its location between the eastern cordillera of the Andes promotes a temperate climate that has made Cochabamba win to be called the "valley of eternal spring ".

This is a destination that extends through a bi-oceanic highway into a chain of mesothermal valleys to the west of the Department of Santa Cruz, where the quiet life and good food, have become the place of residence and repose more desired. The city such as the valluna provinces of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are also part of the Cordillera Oriental or Real, offering visitors the chance to meet and enjoy various ecological zones of Puna, Yungas and cloud forest.

Cochabamba (Quechua: qhucha = lake pampa = plain) is the capital of the department of Cochabamba, the third city in Bolivia's economic importance. It is located in the center of the country, located in the valley of the same name in the middle of the Andes. In the future, it will host the Parliament for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Regarded as the capital of the valleys of Bolivia, Cochabamba is located in a fertile and productive land at 2570 m.a.s.l. The city, surrounded by fields of crops and valuable pre-Inca ruins retains its colonial semblance and customs inherited from their ancestors.

Originally named Kanata and Quchapanpa , was founded with the name of Villa Real de Oropeza, as part of the Viceroyalty of Peru on August 15, 1571 by Captain Geronimo de Osorio, according to the orders of Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, in order to create a center of agricultural production to provide food at the mining towns of the region, mainly the city of Potosi.

The temperature ranges between 18 ° C and 25 ° C , due to its height above sea level of 2.704. You can see the water streams mix to form the mighty Amazon, of which are extracted fish typical of the region, in its jungles you can still see trees such as mahogany, cedar and laurel.

ACTIVITIES

In the city of Cochabamba and its surroundings there are innumerable attractions, architectural treasures, natural beauty and splendid vestiges, which converge on the capital of the valleys of Bolivia, giving it a particular look that makes it endearing.

CRISTO DE LA CONCORDIA

Located in the hills of San Pedro in the area of the same name east of the city, was sculpted by Cesar Terrazas Pardo. The artist sought the best face shape, the best expression and the best gesture of protection. The builder took the work to give the appropriate size to this piece of art, which in this case proved to be the largest worldwide. The height of the image is 34.20 meters. and 6.24 mts. From the pedestal, it has a total height of 40.44 meters. and an approximate weight of 2200 tons. at a height of 265 mts. over the city.

At the heart of the city there is the Plaza 14 de Septiembre with the Cathedral of Cochabamba, then you can take a walk through the Cala Cala, La Recoleta. When in Cochabamba be sure to visit the picturesque place called La Cancha, free market where you can find everything from crafts to cameras and appliances.

PORTALES PALACE

Built by the "tin baron" Simón Patiño is a place not to be missed, as well as Pairumani, Quillacollothe Archaeological Museum, The House of Culture.

TUNARI NATIONAL PARK

Includes part of the Serrania del Tunari, located north of the city of Cochabamba to be the highest peak with 5020 mts.a.s.l.

ISIBORO-SECURE PARK

This is one of the largest in the country and of one with the most land types on the continent. It is located northeast of the department.

INCACHACA

Located 80 km from the city of Cochabamba on the road to the highway to Santa Cruz. It is a tropical area where you can see beautiful waterfalls and rivers that carved the stone, and a lush vegetation and places suitable for fishing.

THE CHAPARE

This province with a subtropical climate and beautiful tropical scenery, is one of the most beautiful that Bolivia has, north of the capital city of Cochabamba. It is characterized by its lush vegetation, variety of birds with colorful plumage and streams and creeks that flow into the Amazon.

MIZQUE

Southeast of the city of Cochabamba there are a series of hot dry valleys, hotter than the ones in the center of the department, among them the Mizque and Aiquile where human life is peaceful and quiet. Both populations were founded by the Spanish who found fertile ground not only for relaxation but for production. It is said that the best wines produced on American soil were obtained from the vineyards of Mizque.

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