Visas: Citizens of most South American and Western European countries can stay up to 90 days without visa (a tourist card will be give to you - don't lose it). US citizens will need a visa to visit Bolivia (a 90-day visa valid for 10 years costs US$160). While it may be possible to get a visa on arrival, some airlines might not let you board if you can't present a visa for Bolivia. Citizens of some African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries may be require an "official permission" from the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before a visa will be issued. For all nationalities, requesting for a visa extension can be done at the immigration office in any major city. The maximum all travelers can stay in Bolivia is 180 days in a year.
Local transportation: Cochabamba has buses (micros), mini-vans (trufis) and and shared cabs (taxi-trufis) that run along fixed routes. There are no set stops and in order to get off, you must say "me bajo", "voy a bajar" (I want to get off) or "esquina" (for stop at the corner). Fares are 1.90 Bs., but most trufi drivers don't carry sufficient change and will charge you 2 Bs.
Standard taxi fares within the city range between 7 - 10 Bs for one person at daytime to 10 Bs at night. While Cochabamba taxi drivers are usually honest, it is always a good idea to agree on a fare before you get into the taxi.
Where to buy a SIM card: Bolivia has three main telcos: TIGO, Entel and Viva. You can buy a SIM card at convenience stores, but it is more convenient to walk into any TIGO/Entel/Viva store and buy a SIM card and get everything activated instead. There is an Entel office right next to the post office. Credits can then be purchased at convenience stores and internet cafes.
Popular areas: Plaza Principal, El Prado
Popular food: Silpancho, Pique Macho
Cochabamba is Bolivia's 4th largest city and a great alternative for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of La Paz. The city is known for having the best food in Bolivia, and you will find a mix of International and Bolivian restaurants. Cochabambinos also take pride in having the biggest Christ statue (bigger than Rio!) in the world.
Cochabamba does not have a whole lot of attractions, but you can use the downtime to focus on your work if needed. It is also a good idea to stop here in order to break up a journey from La Paz to Sucre or vice-versa.
Cochabamba is relatively safer as compared to La Paz, but you should still be aware of the muggings and pickpockets. Women digital nomads should consider calling a radio taxi versus hailing one from the streets. The area around the bus station is considered unsafe. If you are making your way up to the Cristo of Cochabamba statue, thieves tend to hide out in the bushes along the trail. So if you bring a camera or anything of value, be sure to take the cable car instead of making the trip on foot. You should also avoid La Cancha at night.
The city has a year-round pleasant climate, earning Cochabamba a tagline of “city of eternal spring.” At around 8,400 feet of altitude, the sunny dry highland weather rarely gets too hot or cold. The best time to visit is from August through November (spring), when sunshine is abundant and nights are pleasantly cool.
Coworking Spaces in Cochabamba
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.