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Cochabamba, the third largest city in Bolivia, is located some 240km southeast of La Paz. The city, set on a plain surrounded by low mountains, is known for its moderate climate and is often called Bolivia's "resort city".
The main thoroughfare in Cochabamba is Avenida de las Heroinas, which runs east-west. Plaza 14 de Septiembre is considered the center of the city. Avenida Ballivian, commonly called The Prado, is a tree-lined boulevard north of the center with many of the city's better restaurants and hotels. Generally, neighborhoods get more affluent towards the north, and poorer to the south.
LAB 1 (http://www.labairlines.com) has several flights a day to Cochabamba's Jorge Wilstermann Airport from La Paz and Santa Cruz. If flying from La Paz, sit on the left side to get a stunning view of Mt. Illimani just off the wingtip. A taxi to the center of town from the airport is about Bs45-50.
From La Paz, it's seven hours by bus to Cochabamba via Oruro. The terminal is on the south end, just north of the Cancha.
Like La Paz, Cochabamba has microbuses and trufis, but proportionately fewer than taxis.
Flag down any beat-up looking Japanese compact car on the street, you can be sure it's a taxi. A fare within town should be Bs 5-6.
One of the city's biggest attractions is La Cancha, the city market on the south side of town and the largest open-air market in South America. Clothing, food, souvenirs, or books, the Cancha has it all. The market district spills out along Av. San Martin, which runs north from the Cancha to the center.
On the southeast corner of Ayacucho and Heroinas there's a slightly upscale market with lots of souvenir stalls.
Thanks to the city's origin as an agricultural center for mining communities, Cochabamba claims to have the best food in Bolivia.
The best chicha is said to come from the Cochabamba region. The small town of Punata, some distance to the southwest, is especially well-known.
With its large student population, Cocha has plenty of net cafes. The Punto Entel on the southeast corner of Heroinas and Ayacucho is probably the neatest and best equipped.