As we’ve probably mentioned before, the seasons in South America are opposite the seasons in North America – so while most of you are sweating in the heat, we’re enjoying cooler “wintery” temperatures. For us, winter in Cochabamba is pleasant, since it reminds us of spring in the U.P.
Bolivians tend not to agree with us…
In all fairness, it has been a bit chilly – in the 30s and 40s at night – and central heat doesn’t exist. Some families use space heaters, but they can’t heat your entire home. And all buildings are made of concrete and brick or adobe, so they tend to get chilly and stay chilly. In higher regions of Bolivia, the cold is more extreme (El Alto had snow last night) and most families in the country don’t have space heaters to help combat the cold.
But to us, winter in Cochabamba isn’t really winter – it gets up to the 70s every afternoon (in the sun). And winter isn’t winter without snow, right?