Milk in Bags, Fruit and gum that doesn't last
OK fellow travelers, you want milk? You will find that it only comes in bags. Two sizes, personal, and 4 tall glasses. Milk here is made by PIL, and they have various flavors to try. I personally use Leche Light (reduced fat milk). It has a good taste. Is it hormone free, I dunno? But at 80 US cents a bag it costs more than in the states. booo... This is especially poor since there is no real supplement store for bodybuilders, so you have to rely on drinking sh*t tons of milk to get your protein in. I usually go to the supermarket around 4 times a week, buying 3 to 4 bags at a time.
When at the grocery store you will see Gum at the check out line. Beldament is the most prevalent. But... It is the only gum that lasts two blocks. You put a piece in... start chewing.. and two blocks later your chewing flavorless gum.. There is no Extra here folks, all the gum lasts from two blocks to 4 minutes max.. Go for Orbit for longer lasting gum.
Oh.. Fruit.. Fruit here is the real score.. Its so good and dirt cheap but.. don't expect perfect looking fruit. Most of the Apples, Oranges, Citrus, and banana's look like sh*t but taste fantastic! Its way cheaper than in the States, and if you go to the weekend Markets; which are everywhere in Cochabamba you can really score some amazing deals. Just got with a native bolivian so you don't get gassed in price. The "gringo" factor is in full effect here, you either get Ethical service, or you get Gassed.. Don't get gassed by taking a native with you and then you will know the price and you can say... no.. it costs this much, i'll give you this much, if not..*** off because there are tons of fruit stands around.
- Food and Dining
Description of all provinces of Cochabamba
I guess the most detailed online guide about Cochabamba has tourist information and photos of all provinces of Cochabamba, a calendar about fairs and events in the rural parts so that you can start you off the beaten track adventure.
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
Paintings and phrases
On a lot of walls all over Cochabamba I found interesting paintings and sometimes very political or philosphical phrases. I put some examples on my Bolivia page travelogue ana as well on my "street scene"-Travelogue of Cochabamba
Another interesting market can be found in Punata. I loved to walk around this vast market. It was more interesting then that of Aiquile. The most interesting part is the animal section where all sorts of pack animals are sold and bartered by locals. There is a lovely church near the market worth visiting.
From Punata, I went to Cliza en route to Tarata. Tarata is a lovely colonial town. It is a nice place to relax for the afternoon. The town is a bit worn down, but it will make for a nice place to walk around.
In itself there is not a lot in the city for the visitor in the way of attractions but it does have some fantastic people and a good night scene. The pace is relaxed, which is typical of Bolivia, and I enjoyed a very pleasant week here. Photo here is of friends chilling after visiting a nearby village fair.