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Population: 15273 Altitude: 280m (920 ft) Tel Code: 3


Located on the border of Bolivia and Brazil, Cobija (which means blanket) was founded in 1908 by Colonel Enrique Cornejo. Cobija is one of the wettest and hottest cities in Bolivia, with temperatures often going over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 C).  It took off in the early twentieth century during they heyday of the rubber boom. While the industry has collapsed, the city remains, albeit in a diminished capacity. Today, Cobija is the capital of the Department of Pando, the youngest department in the country.


It is still an interesting place to visit.  There is some great colonial architecture from the rubber boom period, such as the Post Office, the Palace of Justice, and the Public Market to name a few. There are also a number of natural attractions as well.  Las Piedras (The Stones) are the remains of Inca structures dating from the period of the Yupanqui period. If natural history is more your thing, take a trip to the San Vicente Acre River animal cemetery where countless fossils can be found, including huge turtle fossils with shells over 4 meters in diameter. There is also great opportunities for adventure and outdoor activities in the Alto Woodland and the Cachuelas on the Abuna River.


For places to eat in Cobija, Esquina de la Abuela, across from the Residencial Cocodrilo. They offer the usual meat and chicken dishes from the area, but for breakfast the salteñas are a must. For the best bargains in town, try El Mercato – which offers vendors offering up all kinds of delicious dishes, including fresh and local fruit salads and a variety of meat dishes.


If you are on a tight budget, you might want to consider staying at the Residencial Cocodrilo (Address: Av fernández molina 48, Tel: 03 842 2215).  Located in the heart of downtown, the Cocodrilo offers cheap rooms and breakfast at a reasonable price.  However, the bathrooms are one floor down from the rooms you will be staying in.  If you want something a bit more upscale, try Hotel Nanijo (Address: Av. 9 de Febrero 147, Tel: 3-842-2230).  It is Cobijo's oldest hotel, and retains much of its antiquated charm.  However, recent remodeling means that it is a comfortable and luxurious place to stay.


Other places nearby Cobija: Chiquitos, Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Rurrenabaque, Magdalena, Santa Ana del Yacuma , San Ignacio de Moxos, San Borja, Parque Nacional Madidi, Guayaramerín and Trinidad.

01 Mar 2010

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