Cool Tourist Attractions Bolivia La Angostura Lake – This village stands on the shores of the artificial lake of the same name and is a popular spot for cochabambinos to head to fill up on fish. It’s on the route to Tarata, 18km from Cochabamba.
There are many places to eat along the lake shore, which fill you up with enormous plates of trucha (trout) or pejerrey (king fish) with rice, salad and potato. There are also places to hire rowboats and kayaks at weekends. From the corner of Barrientos and Manuripi in Cochabamba, take any micro toward Tarata or Cliza and get off at the Angostura bridge; if you see the dam on your right, you’ve gone too far (just). Nearby, on the highway, is the famous open-air Las Carmelitas, where Señora Carmen López bakes delicious cheese and onion empanadas (B$3) in a large beehive oven.
Exploring an Island Angostura Lake
An artificial lake just seventeen kilometers southeast of Cochabamba, Angostura is a popular weekend getaway for stressed-out city dwellers.
Built in 1945 with the cooperation of Mexico, Angostura was the biggest irrigation project yet attempted in Bolivia, and still provides over 75 million cubic meters of water to the region, and is a gorgeous place to take a short boat ride. We joined a crowded tour around the lake. Although the trip was spent mostly in silence, taking in the scenery, our fellow passengers bid us a strangely fond farewell when we disembarked at one of the restaurants lining the shore. Waving, shouting out goodbyes, wiping tears from reddened eyes. Boating bonds people.
There’s not a lot to do around Angostura except for boat rides and eating. Fish is, predictably, the best thing to order here, especially the pejerrey — mine was fried and delicious. And near the lake, a popular restaurant called Las Carmelitas serves up incredible cheese empanadas which are baked underground.
We can’t really recommend Angostura Lake as one of the “must-see” attractions of Cochabamba, but it certainly serves a nice place to spend a relaxing, and filling, Sunday afternoon.