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Cochabamba, Bolivia - Tallest Jesus Statue In The World

Bolivia travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2008 September 2015   » View Photoset (82 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!
2015 My 2nd time in Cochabamba, 7yrs after my 1st. I had a much better look around the central city this time and enjoyed looking
Bolivia Photo - An indigenous man in a hat looks at his llama, mural in central Cochabamba.
An indigenous man in a hat looks at his llama, mural in central Cochabamba.
for street murals which there are quite a few of. The central Plaza 14 de Septiembre and the cathedral are Cochabamba's center. I visited a museum and cultural house and was lucky to be there during some street parades and celebrations. I found a few historic buildings, enjoyed the street food around Plaza Colon and again headed by taxi up the hill to see the worlds tallest Jesus statue Cristo de la Concordia. Cochabamba has quite a young population and some beautiful women! From here I flew to Santa Cruz, just a 45 minute flight.
Bolivia Photo - A colorful indigenous face, large mural on a corner in Cochabamba.
A colorful indigenous face, large mural on a corner in Cochabamba.

The Jesus Statue

2008 I spent 3 nights in Cochabamba.

Statue Facts

The worlds tallest Jesus statue towers over the city, it's called Cristo de la Concordia (Statue Height - 34.2 metres, Pedestal Height - 6.24 meters). It is taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil (Statue Height 30 meters, Pedestal Height - 9.5 meters).

Taxi, Cable Car or Walk

I took a taxi to the east side of the city and scaled the 350 meters to the top of the mountain. Cochabamba is at an altitude of 2550 meters, so now I was pretty high up at 2900 meters above sea level. The taxi cost about $2USD each way, you can also get up by cable car or walk up 1399 steps.

Views at the Top

The views of Cochabamba on the way up are really fantastic and better again once at the top of the
Bolivia Photo - Strange face and animal. street art on a Cochabamba city street.
Strange face and animal. street art on a Cochabamba city street.
mountain and even better once you climb up the narrow staircase inside the statue and out into the arms of Jesus and look out the little square windows. The walk up the staircase is really hard work at this altitude, it cost a coin to enter to the stairs. I enjoyed it and spent about an hour around the statue area enjoying the views, taking photos, eating icecream and giving a coin to the odd beggar. I got back down the mountain and back into town by taxi, the driver told me to be careful while I was taking photos out of the window in town in the crowded area we were in. He felt someone could grab my camera at any time and run. I try to be very aware in the streets and markets about this. My pockets have velcro in them that I sewed myself to keep them tightly shut.

In the Markets

The rest of the time in Cochabamba I spent looking around and enjoying the street and market chaos. There were street vendors selling electronic goods and watches, woman with wheelbarrows full of mangos and bananas under sun-umbrellas, fresh fish on ice in wheelbarrows, fruit, vegetable and meat markets. There are police there with pretty big bazooka type guns. I asked one if I could take his photo but he said no and I said ok. Then his partner a few feet away asked to see the photos I had taken on my camera. He flicked through them and said they were all ok.

August Festival

The best time to be in Cochabamba is probably the month of August for The Fiesta de la Virgen de Urkupina when many pilgrims and people converge on the city. The hotels get booked up quickly and charge a lot more than usual though.

Flight to La Paz

From Cochabamba I flew to La Paz.

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Cochabamba, Bolivia:

Hotel Ginas, Cochabamba, Bolivia - Large Photo
Hotel Ginas, Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 2015 - 2 nights) - Hotel Ginas is located around the center of Cochabamba, right next to Plaza Colon. I payed $250 Bolivianos ($35USD) for a double room with private bathroom, tv and wifi. The room was spacious and the beds were quite good. Breakfast is included with cornflakes and yogurt, toast and jam, coffee and juice. The staff were reasonably friendly. This is Lonely Planet's top pick for Cochabamba, not sure why, there are other hotels very close-by on Calle Espana at the same price.
BH & H Hostel Concordia, Cochabamba, Bolivia - Large Photo
BH & H Hostel Concordia, Cochabamba, Bolivia (Aug 2008 - 3 nights) - It would have been good if they had known I was arriving. It would have been good if the price I payed per night was the price it said when I booked. It would have been good if the front desk remembered the amount I had payed them the previous night and not said that I had payed less than what I did the next morning. It would have been good if they had a computer there to record the details of their guests & not the book that they write things down in.

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