Cochabamba is the fourth largest city in Bolivia, resting 2,558 meters (8,392 ft) above sea level. It is the capital of the Department Cochabamba and located exactly in the heart of Bolivia. Its population of roughly 600,000 people constantly increases, generating a visible dynamism that keeps this city active and full of life.
Cochabamba is located in a fruitful valley surrounded by a patchwork landscape of mountains and agricultural plots that produce abundant crops of maiz (corn), wheat, barley, and citrus fruits. In the center of the majestic mountain range that borders the city to the northwest lies the intimidating Mt. Tunari, the highest peak in the region at 5,035 m a.s.l. (16,519 ft a.s.l.). In the opposite direction, to the northeast of the city, stands the Cristo de la Concordia – the monumental Christ statue on top of the San Pedro hill that distinguishes Cochabamba. From the tourist’s point of view Cochabamba doesn’t compare with La Paz or Sucre. However, thanks to its spring-like climate and lower altitude, it constitutes a marvelous place to visit. One can enjoy a wide range of activities in the city, from strolling through its pleasant plazas and parks, admiring colonial architecture, partaking in its array of fairs, getting lost in the small alleys of the country’s biggest open-air market "La Cancha", and of course, disco-hopping in its well-known nightlife.