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Cochabamba, Bolivia - The Real Tallest Jesus Statue In The World

Bolivia experiences and stories by a backpacker - August 2008 September 2015   » View Photoset (82 Photos)

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 for street murals which there are quite a few around. 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.

2008 I spent 3 nights in Cochabamba. I didn't do a lot here apart from wander around the markets, eat too much fried chicken and see a lot of dead chickens in the meat markets. But I did visit the worlds tallest Jesus statue that towers over the city 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). 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. The views of Cochabamba on the way up are really fantastic and better again once at the top of the mountain and even better once I climbed up the narrow staircase inside the statue and out into the arms of Jesus and looked 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 when I am using my camera and I hide it in my front pocket when I'm not. My pockets have velcro in them that I sewed myself to keep them tightly shut. 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. The best time to be in Cochabamba is probably the month of August for The Fiesta de la Virgen de Urcupina when many pilgrims and people converge on the city. The hotels get booked up quickly and charge a lot more than usual though. 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.

Distances & times (if available) from Cochabamba (Bolivia) to:
 A : Oruro - Bolivia 116 kms 116 kms straight distance | 3hrs 52mins 3hrs 52mins by car (211 kms) | 4hrs 38mins 4hrs 38mins by bus (211 kms) (211 kms)
 B : Sucre - Bolivia 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 7hrs 16mins 7hrs 16mins by car (350 kms) | 8hrs 43mins 8hrs 43mins by bus (350 kms) (350 kms)
 C : La Paz - Bolivia 226 kms 226 kms straight distance | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by car (362 kms) | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by bus (362 kms) (362 kms)
 D : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 273 kms 273 kms straight distance | 6hrs 53mins 6hrs 53mins by car (410 kms) | 8hrs 15mins 8hrs 15mins by bus (410 kms) (410 kms)
 E : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 313 kms 313 kms straight distance | 7hrs 14mins 7hrs 14mins by car (447 kms) | 8hrs 40mins 8hrs 40mins by bus (447 kms) (447 kms)
 F : Santa Cruz - Bolivia 314 kms 314 kms straight distance | 8hrs 52mins 8hrs 52mins by car (485 kms) | 10hrs 38mins 10hrs 38mins by bus (485 kms) (485 kms)
 G : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 333 kms 333 kms straight distance | 8hrs 2mins 8hrs 2mins by car (501 kms) | 9hrs 38mins 9hrs 38mins by bus (501 kms) (501 kms)
 H : Copacabana - Bolivia 336 kms 336 kms straight distance | 9hrs 1min 9hrs 1min by car (505 kms) | 10hrs 49mins 10hrs 49mins by bus (505 kms) (505 kms)
 I : Potosi - Bolivia 246 kms 246 kms straight distance | 8hrs 1min 8hrs 1min by car (506 kms) | 9hrs 37mins 9hrs 37mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 J : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 346 kms 346 kms straight distance | 7hrs 46mins 7hrs 46mins by car (515 kms) | 9hrs 19mins 9hrs 19mins by bus (515 kms) (515 kms)
 K : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 441 kms 441 kms straight distance | 9hrs 38mins 9hrs 38mins by car (598 kms) | 11hrs 33mins 11hrs 33mins by bus (598 kms) (598 kms)
 L : Uyuni to Potosi - Bolivia 294 kms 294 kms straight distance | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by car (601 kms) | 11hrs 25mins 11hrs 25mins by bus (601 kms) (601 kms)
 M : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 393 kms 393 kms straight distance | 10hrs 7mins 10hrs 7mins by car (616 kms) | 12hrs 8mins 12hrs 8mins by bus (616 kms) (616 kms)
 N : Tacna - Peru 438 kms 438 kms straight distance | 12hrs 28mins 12hrs 28mins by car (778 kms) | 14hrs 57mins 14hrs 57mins by bus (778 kms) (778 kms)
 O : Rurrenabaque - Bolivia 359 kms 359 kms straight distance | 14hrs 52mins 14hrs 52mins by car (794 kms) | 17hrs 50mins 17hrs 50mins by bus (794 kms) (794 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.
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