Cochabamba in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

  • According to locals, the streets south of Av Aroma are dangerous at night and are best avoided. The bus station is around here, so don’t be surprised if, when arriving in the early hours of the morning, you're strongly discouraged from leaving until sunrise.
  • Pickpocketing and petty theft aren't uncommon in the markets.
  • The parkland areas Colina San Sebastián and Coronilla Hill near the bus station are both considered dangerous throughout the day – avoid them.
  • As in any large city, it's best to travel with others late at night and keep your wits about you.

Police Stations

Embassies & Consulates

More than a dozen countries have consulates in Cochabamba, including Chile, Peru, the US, France and the following:

Emergency & Important Numbers

Bolivia's country code591
Tourist police450-3880
Police (emergency)110/911

Internet Access

Wi-fi is common in cafes, restaurants and even some public parks (but signals in the latter are iffy). Internet cafes are thick on the ground in the blocks surrounding the university; most charge B$4 per hour.


Moneychangers gather along Av de las Heroínas and near the market at Calle 25 de Mayo; some only accept US cash. Amanda Casa de Cambio is quick and professional. You're never far from an ATM, with clusters on Av Ballivián, including five separate ones in front of the Hipermaxi supermarket and at the corner of Avs Heroínas and Ayacucho.


The main post office and Entel are together in a large complex. Downstairs from the main lobby is an express post office.

Tourist Information

The tourist office hands out good city material. There are several information kiosks, which also open Saturday mornings, including at the bus station and airport.

Cochabamba has a superb website for visitors (, with details and information about places of interest, links to flight information, hotel listings, photos and local events.

Visit the Instituto Geográfico Militar for topographic maps (useful for hikers) of Cochabamba department. The Sernap office has limited information about national parks. Private tour companies are usually better equipped to answer questions.

Head to the Migración office for visa and length-of-stay extensions.