The Best Areas to Stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia
The Best Areas to Stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Best Areas to Stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Where to Stay in Cochabamba – A Guide to This Bolivian City

Cochabamba is a Bolivian city, capital of the homonymous department and the province of Cercado.

This Bolivian city is located in the center of the country, in an Andean valley.

Cochabamba, surrounded by fields of crops, mountains, lakes and valuable pre-Hispanic vestiges, still retains its colonial personality.

Due to its high elevation of 2558 masl, Cochabamba has a dry climate, with average temperatures varying between 14 and 20 °C.

The city of Cochabamba was officially founded by the Spanish conquerors in 1574, however, this fertile valley had been inhabited by indigenous Kana, Qutas, Chuwis and Incas long before the arrival of the Europeans.

The main tourist attractions of Cochabamba are from colonial times and are generally located in its charming Historic Center.

Cochabamba is also famous for the Cristo de la Concordia, a colossal statue of Jesus Christ located on the top of Cerro San Pedro, very close to the city center.

Cochabamba has an urban transport system consisting of buses and taxis.

As for the best areas to stay in Cochabamba, the Historic Center, with its beautiful colonial legacy, is without our favorite neighborhood. See accommodation in Cochabamba’s Old Town.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The best areas to stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia

1. Our favorite area: Cochabamba – Historic Center

The Historic Center of Cochabamba or old town is the best area to stay in Cochabamba.

The Historic Center of Cochabamba is the heart of the city and the place where it was founded by the Spanish in 1574, in the vicinity of the square of September 14.

This area of Cochabamba is easy to navigate on foot. For the most remote neighborhoods, it is always possible to use public transport or the taxi.

In the heart of the historic center of Cochabamba is where most of the attractions of the city are located, such as La Cancha Market, the Santa Teresa Convent Museum, the Archaeological Museum or the Christ of Concordia (Cristo de la Concordia), located a short cable car ride from the center.

The Historic Center is, without a doubt, the most recommended area to stay in Cochabamba if you want to experience its enormous historical heritage and be close to all the attractions of the city.

The center of Cochabamba also concentrates the largest hotel offer in the city, with dozens of options, ranging from backpackers hostels to luxury hotels by international brands.

Where to stay in Cochabamba - Historic Center
Where to stay in Cochabamba – Historic Center
Accommodation in Cochabamba's City Center - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Cochabamba’s City Center – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia:

  • La Cancha Market
  • Colonial architecture
  • Wide variety of hotels

2. Cala Cala & North Cochabamba

The northern area of Cochabamba gathers the main modern residential neighborhoods of the city, such as Cala Cala, Tupuraya, Muyurina, Queru Queru or Las Lomas de Aranjuez.

As the name suggests, this area is located north of the historic center of Cochabamba. It is a more exclusive area than the center of the city, with wide avenues, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The historic district of Cala Cala has been the place of settlement of the Cochabamba bourgeoisie since the colonial era and, although modernity has taken over the area, you can still see in it some vestiges of the past.

The north of Cochabamba has a wide variety of hotels of different types, however, the boutique-style hotels stand out.

The north is an excellent area to stay in Cochabamba for those seeking a more modern, elegant and refined environment than the Historic Center.

Best areas to stay in Cochabamba - North Cochabamba
Best areas to stay in Cochabamba – North Cochabamba
Accommodation in North Cochabamba - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area
Accommodation in North Cochabamba – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Cochabamba, Bolivia:

  • Exclusive area
  • Best area for shopping
  • Best area for nightlife

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