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Cochabamba, Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia

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How much money will you need for your trip to Cochabamba? You should plan to spend around $b348 ($50) per day on your vacation in Cochabamba, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $b123 ($18) on meals for one day and $b90 ($13) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Cochabamba for a couple is $b274 ($40). So, a trip to Cochabamba for two people for one week costs on average $b4,879 ($706). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Cochabamba for one week usually costs around $b2,439 for one person. So, a trip to Cochabamba for two people costs around $b4,879 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $b9,758 in Cochabamba. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Cochabamba can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Cochabamba? How much money do I need for Cochabamba?

How much does a trip to Cochabamba cost? Is Cochabamba expensive? The average Cochabamba trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Cochabamba prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Cochabamba
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Cochabamba is $b137. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Cochabamba is $b274.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Cochabamba
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cochabamba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $b90 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cochabamba.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Cochabamba
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Rental Cars in Cochabamba
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Food Budget in Cochabamba
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  • While meal prices in Cochabamba can vary, the average cost of food in Cochabamba is $b123 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cochabamba should cost around $b49 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cochabamba is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cochabamba
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  • Entertainment and activities in Cochabamba typically cost an average of $b139 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Cochabamba
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  • The average person spends about $b81 on alcoholic beverages in Cochabamba per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Cochabamba
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  • On average, people spend $b3.42 on bottled water in Cochabamba per day. The public water in Cochabamba is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Cochabamba On a Budget
Cochabamba Cochabamba, Bolivia
With a population of about 630,000, Cochabamba is the fourth largest city in Bolivia. It's located about 240 kilometers from the capital city of La Paz and is surrounded by mountains, but sits within a valley.

The city is known for its gardens and has many sights to offer the visitor. Cochabamba offers a calming retreat that is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of many South American cities. It's a great location to learn Spanish and there are plenty of activities and cultural events that you can enjoy in and around town.

Cochabamba's climate is semi-arid. There is an extended dry season between May and October and the wet season is from November to March. The days are warm and the nights are cool.
There are a handful of great sights around Cochabamba. Head to Cristo de la Concordia, the city's famed statue of Jesus, which overlooks the area. Simon I Patino Cultural Center has many mansions, gardens, and museums worth visiting. Also popular with visitors are the Museum of Natural History, the Medical Museum, and the Museum of Archaeology.
Cochabamba has many different neighborhoods with interesting character. The area continues to grow with Bolivian nationals, expats, and foreigners alike. Some of the most historic and affluent neighborhoods in the city include Cala Cala, El Mirador, and Lomas de Aranjuez. These areas have impressive architecture and residences.

You'll find no shortage of budget accommodation around town. Quality is variable so read reviews before you make a reservation, but generally the hostels are comfortable and welcoming. The city caters specifically to expats, so long term and luxury accommodation are also readily available throughout the city.

The city is also well known for its paragliding opportunities. You can easily take a class and try it first hand. A full length beginner's class will take about ten days, but it is the cheapest option you will find anywhere in the world. You can expect two hours of classroom work, and four hours of practice daily and the course includes twelve solo flights.

There are a variety of volunteering opportunities in Cochabamba as well. Sustainable Bolivia coordinates volunteers and local grassroots organizations in the city. They also offer Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara classes. Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano is a social justice organization that also works with volunteers in the area.

Spanish lessons are popular in the city as well. There is a large expat community and social activities are well organized. This is a pleasant city to spend an extended amount of time, and there is plenty to do to keep you entertained. There is also a well established weekly language and culture exchange every Tuesday. The event is free of charge and is a great way to meet other expats in the area.
Food and Dining
Cochabamba claims to have the best food in Bolivia and many visitors agree. The city is in close proximity to much of the country's agriculture so food is fresh and plentiful. You'll find no shortage of restaurant options around town and there are a diversity of price options for travelers. Food is often delicious, so your best bet is to wander around town until you see a place that appeals to you. There are also plenty of bars around town to pick up a drink. Most of the interesting ones can be found on 25 de Mayo and Espana close to Plaza Colon. The Cochabamba region is also thought to have the country's best chicha. Chicha is a fermented corn based drink, although it is sometimes made with peaches.

Cochabamba's airport is Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. It is well connected with other large cities in Bolivia and flights are usually affordable.

The bus terminal is about 6 blocks south of the center. From there you can catch buses to La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Potosi, Tupiza, and Samaipata, among other destinations.

Once you're in town there are buses (micros), mini-vans (trufis), and shared cabs (taxi-trufis) that you can take along fixed routes. You must request that the driver stop by saying "me bajo", "voy a bajar", or "esquina".

Taxis are relatively easy to find. Taxi drivers are usually honest, but it is always best to agree on a price before you get in the vehicle.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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