Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Cochabamba

Palacio Portales

Nothing symbolizes Bolivia's gilded mineral age like tin baron Simón Patiño's European-style Palacio Portales. Though he never actually inhabited this opulent mansion completed in 1927, it was stocked with some of t…
Top Choice Landmark in Cochabamba

Cristo de la Concordia

This immense Christ statue standing atop Cerro de San Pedro (2800m) behind Cochabamba is the second largest of its kind in the world. It's 44cm higher than the famous Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, which stands …
Top Choice Convent in Cochabamba

Convento de Santa Teresa

Straight out of a Gabriel García Márquez novel is the noble, timeworn Convento de Santa Teresa. Guided tours (around 45 minutes) of this gracefully decaying complex allow you to see the peaceful cloister, fine altar…
House in Cochabamba

Villa Albina

If you haven’t already had your fill of Simón Patiño’s legacy in Oruro and Cochabamba, you can visit Villa Albina in the village of Pairumani and tour the home the tin baron occupied. This enormous white mansion, wi…
Market in Cochabamba

La Cancha

Sprawling, chaotic and claustrophobic, Cochabamba's main market, while lacking an attractive mise-en-scène, is nevertheless a colorful place to wander. The largest and most accessible area is Mercado Cancha Calatayu…
Museum in Cochabamba

Museo Arqueológico de la UMSS

The Museo Arqueológico provides an excellent overview of Bolivia’s various indigenous cultures. The collection is split into three sections: the archaeological collection, the ethnographic collection and the paleont…
Lake in Cochabamba

La Angostura

This artificial lake on the ever-expanding southern outskirts of Cochabamba is a popular spot for cochabambinos. However, the lake itself is not an especially pretty sight (though the mountain views are) and there's…
Church in Cochabamba

Catedral Metropolitana

On the arcaded Plaza 14 de Septiembre, Cochabamba's cathedral is the valley’s oldest religious building, begun in 1542 as a tiny stone and adobe structure. Later additions and renovations have removed some character…
Church in Cochabamba

Iglesia & Convento de San Francisco

Constructed in 1581, the Iglesia & Convento de San Francisco is Cochabamba’s second-oldest church. However, major revisions and renovations occurred in 1782 and 1926, and little of the original structure remains…
Museum in Cochabamba

Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny

Adjacent to the Palacio Portales is the city's old-fashioned, neglected and low-key natural history museum. With its creaky wooden floors and array of stuffed birds and mammals, this is a good way to kill half an ho…