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Introducing Cobija

Capital of the Pando and Bolivia’s wettest (1770mm of precipitation annually) and most humid spot, Cobija sits on a sharp bend of the Río Acre. Cobija means ‘covering’ and, with a climate that makes you feel as though you’re being smothered with a soggy blanket, it certainly lives up to its name.

Cobija was founded in 1906 under the name ‘Bahía,’ and in the 1940s it boomed as a rubber-producing center. The town’s fortunes dwindled with the shriveling of that industry and it has been reduced to little more than a forgotten village, albeit with a Japanese-funded hospital and a high-tech Brazil-nut processing plant.

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