Monday, August 29, 2011

Eating our way around Cochabamba, Bolivias culinary city

cheers arriving in Cochabamba
saw a musical also, but didn't stay for it all because it was mostly talking

South from the high city of La Paz to Cochabamba, was a paved road, it took about 6 hours to arrive in the city. Its well laid out in grids so it was pretty easy to found our hostel that had parking cable tv, that had a Korean channel. Jieun was glued to the television for the duration of our stay only getting up to get something to eat. Cochabamba was clean compared to La Paz and we also notice its was much warmer than La Paz. The cities weather is spring like all year round which is nice change from La Paz's freezing night. 

pique macho, mountain of beef, hotdog, potatoes and veggies
large chain restaurants great food and good prices
Now If there was a title for culinary town in Bolivia I am sure most Bolivians and visitors alike would have to say Cochabamba is the place to eat. The city doesn't have alot to offer in museums or entertainment so whats left if loads of restaurants and cafes. We often past these busy large franchise looking restaurants but didn't really want to try them but when we did it the best food in Bolivia hands down. There not in the guide books and there are no tourist in them only locals, prices is not cheap for Bolivian standards but at only $5 bucks for lunch of soup and great main dishes you can't go wrong. Desert selection was also amazing and but the price for desert cost just as much as the meal so its a real treat to have and we did enjoy them.

Cochabamba also claims to have the largest open air market in South America but its also very dangerous place to visit. On our first day we parked near the market I heard a young gringa scream "that guy just grabbed her ass" to a friend and moments later she broke down and started to cry. After seeing that I wasn't going to let Jieun of my site while in the market area. On the 3rd day we did visit the market its large almost a city block of tinny shops selling everything from hand crafts, clothes, music instruments to fruits, vegetables and meats.

Next on the list is the capital city of colonial Sucre.