Pujllay, which means “play” in Quechua, is an important annual festival of dancing and thanksgiving in Bolivia.
The name Cochabamba derives from the Quechua words qucha, meaning "lake", and pampa, "open plain".
Cochabamba is the first city to hold World People's Conference on Climate Change, in April 2010.
Cochabamba is home to the Cristo de la Concordia, the largest statue of Jesus in the world and the largest statue in South America.
UN studies estimate that 30,000 hectares of coca leaves are illegally harvested in Bolivia every year.
The first Spanish settler moved to the Cochabamba region in 1542.