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Cochabamba, Bolivia - World's Tallest Jesus Statue & Park Of Water & Lights

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Bolivia travel blog by Mark Berman - Aug 2008 Sep 2015 Jul 2019   » View Photoset (36 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
Cochabamba is located in the middle of Bolivia between La Paz and Santa Cruz and is a central hub for flights and travels around the country. Being a large city there is quite a lot to see if you are prepared to do some serious walking. I walked 19kms in one day around Cochabamba looking for things to photograph! I've been here 3 times now and each time there are new works of street art to be discovered. There is an ongoing project in the city called '100 murals' (street art). Cochabamba has 2 significant plazas in the center, the main square - Plaza 14 de Septiembre and Plaza Colon as well as some beautiful old churches and buildings, the cathedral, the Jesus statue and the park of water and lights.

The Jesus Statue

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).

Views at the Top

You can take a taxi up to see the Jesus statue or you can go up by cable car or walk up 1399 steps. The choice is yours! The views of Cochabamba on the way up the mountain are fantastic and better again once at the top and even better once you climb up the narrow staircase inside the Jesus statue and out into his arms and look out the little square windows. The walk up the staircase is really hard work at this altitude (2558m + 350m to the mountain top = 2908m), it costs a coin to enter to the stairs.

In the Markets

The markets are fun to explore and you can buy some yummy street food or sit down at a street kitchen. I always find that the market is the best and cheapest place to eat anywhere in Bolivia. Street vendors sell electronic goods and watches, woman sit with wheelbarrows full of mangos and bananas under sun-umbrellas, you can buy fresh fish on ice in wheelbarrows, fruit, vegetables and meat.

Family Park (Parque de la Familia)

In the evening the best thing to do in Cochabamba is to come to the park of water and lights for a fantastic spectacle. Families come here by the dozen, it's very popular and a lot of fun. It's awesome for children and adults! There is a small entrance fee.

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, so book early.


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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Cochabamba, Bolivia:

Jaguar House Hostel, Cochabamba, Bolivia - Large Photo
Jaguar House Hostel, Cochabamba, Bolivia (July 2019 - 2 nights) - Accommodation in Cochabamba is not cheap in the center of the city. Jaguar House Hostel is quite close to Plaza Colon, a few streets away and cost $237 bob ($35USD) for a private room with 2 beds and shared bathroom. Breakfast is included in the morning. The hostel has a tv room, ping-pong table, wifi and courtyard area. I'm sure a dormitory is much cheaper than a private room for budget travelers. Recommended.
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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Cochabamba, Bolivia - World's Tallest Jesus Statue & Park Of Water & Lights. Cochabamba is a pleasant city with a nice climate. It's between La Paz and Santa Cruz and has the tallest Jesus statue in the world, a lot of street art and the park of water and lights.