COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA (PART ONE)

Cochabamba is a mid-elevation city (about 8500' above sea level) with over 600,000 people (though it feels like a larger city than that, mainly because it has a lot of sprawl due to growth in recent decades). It has temperatures fairly similar to San Diego, so a lot of the same plants are grown here (though the wet/dry seasons are switched--wet season is in summer instead of winter there). This is Part I of the pics (city center)--go here for Part II (other areas), including the Cristo de la Concordia pics.

First, a little overview of the city (from the nearby mountains)...



Looking towards the city center...



More views like the above in Part II. Now, some pics from the city center (around the park in the main square)...









A small protest in the park with a sign against a highway being built...



Pigeons loved the park, likely due to the easy availability of snack food!



Nice (non-native) Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis)...



A large coral tree (Erythrina poeppigiana) in the park which is native to parts of Bolivia...



Avenue in the city center...



Smaller street...



In contrast, a small modern plaza...



Not too far from the city center, there was a small river going through Cochabamba (it even had cows grazing!)...





Nearby, a very large hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-chinensis)...



Palacio Portales, a mansion surrounded by gardens in Cochabamba...



A Parajubaea palm (native but very rare Parajubaea torallyi) in the gardens...





Go here for Part II of Cochabamba.

All of the above pictures on this page were taken in December 2012 by Brandt Maxwell.

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