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Mercado Cancha Calatayud

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Lost in market sensory overload in Bolivia Cochabamba  Bolivia

Lost in market sensory overload in Bolivia

Mercado Cancha Calatayud is South America's largest open air market, selling everything from books to furniture, clothing to diapers, live animals to mouth watering saltenas (if you do not know what a saltena is, it is reason enough to book a trip to Bolivia!!). No single photograph could capture the chaotic and staggering energy that permeates every alleyway and main artery of this market. This photo is of two Cochabamba women (who dress much differently than those living in the Altiplano), taking a break from the hectic nature of the mercado to catch up, not flinching a bit as busses whizzing by their sides. Although Cochabamba is Bolivia's 4th largest city, we did not find many travellers there, although there is a large ex-pat community. With its mile weather, progressive and passionate people, and stimulating market culture, Cochabamba lured us to stay about 10 days longer than we had initially planned!