The city of Cobija (which means "blanket") was
founded in 1906 by Colonel Enrique Cornejo, originally under the name of Bahía (Bay).
During the first half of the twentieth century, Cobija experienced a boom as a
rubber-producing center. When that industry collapsed, so did Cobija's wealth and the town
was reduced to little more than a village. According to data from the Instituto Nacional
de Estadística (INE), by November 1996 the
population of Cobija was scarcely 15,273 people. Cobija is the capital of the Department
of Pando, the youngest department in the country.
The city of Cobija sits on a sharp curve of the Acre river.
Located at an altitude of 280 meters above sea level and in the northwestern jungle region
- in Brazilian border - Cobija is considered the rainiest region in Bolivia. It is also a
very hot spot, with temperatures above 26 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) most of the
From La Paz and through Riberalta, by bus
From any main city in the country through the following
airlines: LAB, AEROSUR, and TAM.
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