The City of Eternal Spring, as Cochabamba is charmingly known to Bolivians, is so named because it enjoys a year-round spring-like climate. It sits under the benevolent watch of El Cristo de la Concordia, the largest statue of Jesus Christ anywhere in the world (as a plaque at its base proudly tells visitors in some detail) in a valley of the Andes mountain range. Expats in Cochabamba might not be surprised, considering these grand natural surroundings, to learn that this is also a city with a strong environmentalist strain. Newly arrived expatriates living in Cochabamba will find a wealth of culture and history here. The city, although quite possibly originally inhabited by the Incas, was for the most part built by Spanish settlers from the 1500s, and many of its places of interest are in the Spanish style – although "La Coronilla" is a famous monument dedicated to the women who fought against the Spanish in 1812 during the War of Independence.
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Expatriates moving to Cochabamba by land have a good selection of bus services to choose from, many coming from the other large Bolivian cities of La Paz or Santa Cruz. Others come from international cities like Buenos Aires, although many of these journeys are marathon ones – coming from Buenos Aires for example takes 72 hours – and a flight to Cochabamba's Jorge Wilstermann Airport may be the easier option. In fact, the flight from La Paz is famous worldwide for its dramatic, breathtaking views, and expats moving to Cochabamba this way will be won over before even landing. Before or immediately after arrival, you can find solid, reliable advice on expatriation and settling in on our website. The Expat Magazine is a collection of useful articles on topics ranging from expat finance & insurance to cross-cultural communication and plenty more to help you settle in. We also have some great content written by other InterNations members.
At around 630,000 people, Cochabamba is a busy city with a diverse economy. The region has long been known locally as the granary of Bolivia for its strong agriculture, and crops from potatoes to coffee to cocoa are all produced locally. Expats working in Cochabamba will quickly realize that the city is also Bolivia's industrial hub, with strong automotive, chemicals, and goods and services sectors. There is also a great after work scene, with plenty of restaurants and bars – and appealingly low bills. In such a culturally rich, busy environment expatriates working in Cochabamba often want to communicate with the international network, to take time out with other global minds. Using our discussion groups, forums and private communications on the InterNations is the easiest way to get in touch with other expats in Cochabamba and meet-ups are often organized in this way. And having got in touch with the growing network of expats in Cochabamba, you'll be well on your way to settling into this vibrant city.