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 population of 608,276 (2008) 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 Cochabambinos. 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 Llajta', 'town' in Quechua. The city is also host to the first World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. The Cochabamba valley was inhabited for over a thousand years due to its fertile productive soils and climate.
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