Cochabamba Bolivia

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
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versalles hotel

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Arrived by a bumpy 727 flight, at 2550 metres above sea level i guess you are going to get some turbulence! First time i ever entered a plane from the rear, i dont mean the side rear i mean the rear rear!! ;)
Cochabamba is a fast city, doesnt look like one but the traffice and people rushing about make it a very fast city, not fast like business New York or London, but fast to survive to make a dollar and eat fast....
Today i spent the day touring about the city, i took the Teleferico (cable car) up to Cristo De La Concordia which is 2840 metres above sea level standing at 40.4 metres upon the hill and weighing 2.2 tonnes and built on my bday in 1987 and finished on the 20th Nov 1994.
I also went to the Central Market, the biggest outdoor market i have ever seen!! Talk about colourfull!! Big Bolivian women with babies on their back pushing wheelbarrows filed with fruit, nuts, bread etc to sell in any free corner they could find. This is what i meant by fast paced here. The clothing is amazing, very traditional, bowler hat on on head with long black braded hair to their lower back, thick woollen jumpers and colurful dresses covered by stripy designed aprons, very tradional and very old clothing. Many carry their goods in vibrant pink and blue striped materials which are hung over their shoulder (hard to explain), the colours are almost fluorescent but not!!! I didnt want to take any pictures as not to offend, i tried some sneaky ones but they didnt come out!!! Shuuuccckkks.
The afternoon was spent watching Brasil and Australia qualify for the World Cup at a restaurant where i had the tastiest burger with thick chips and a huge fresh juice for USD$3!!! Food and accomodation is VERY cheap here.

HOT TIPS for travellers
(1) Hotel versalles isnt a bad option at 60BS per night with private bath and Cable TV and continental breakfast included. Make sure you ask for a room at the back as the main street is VERY noisy. The bus terminal is 2 a minute walk. The area is safe and surrounded by internet cafes (they close early) and market stalls.
(2) If you want to go out head to Avenida Balliviana, cool restaurants and bars olong this strip.
(3) If you are heading south by train you can book your train tickets from here, this will save you hours in queues in Oururo. The FAC (www.fac.com.br) has an office in a building at the central market. Buses to Oururo take 4 hours and are comfortable semi camas for 20BS. I was recommended to use Trans Azul.... weŽll see tomorrow...
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