Coordinates: 17°23′S 66°10′W / 17.383°S 66.167°W / -17.383; -66.167Cochabamba Flag Coat of arms Nickname(s): "City of Eternal Spring" "The Garden City" "La Llajta" Cochabamba Location in Bolivia Coordinates: 17°23′S 66°10′W / 17.383°S 66.167°W / -17.383; -66.167 Country Bolivia Department Cochabamba Province Cercado Province Municipality Cochabamba Municipality Founded August 15, 1571 Government • Type Municipal Autonomous Government • Mayor Edwin Castellanos Area • City 170 km2 (70 sq mi) • Land 169 km2 (65 sq mi) • Water 1 km2 (0.4 sq mi) • Urban 111 km2 (43 sq mi) Elevation 2,558 m (8,392 ft) Population (2008) • Urban 608,276 Website Official website
Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and is the fourth largest city in Bolivia with an urban approximate population of 700,000 (2010) and a metropolitan population of more than 1,000,000 people. The name derives from a compound of the Quechua words qucha, meaning "lake", and pampa, "open plain". Residents of the city and surrounding areas are commonly referred to as Cochalas. Cochabamba is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "The Garden City" due to its spring-like temperatures year round. It is also known as "La Llaqta", "town" in Quechua.
The city is host to the first World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.