Palacio Portales, Cochabamba

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#2 of 10 in Sightseeing in Cochabamba
Architectural Building Historic Site
Marvel at Palacio Portales, a superb luxurious mansion displaying an eclectic mix of architectural styles, constructed from the finest materials around the world. The grand golden yellow and white façade glows among the lush green garden that surrounds the building. The mansion's interior features Carrara marble, French wood, Italian tapestries, and delicate silks. Simón Patiño originally owned the building, an industrialist who controlled the tin industry and who was at the time one of the wealthiest people in the world. Tours of the mansion feature in both Spanish and English. Plan to see Palacio Portales and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cochabamba travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We went with my girlfriend and we were amazed. Beautiful construction, has many rooms of different styles. It has beautiful gardens and a very nice calm atmosphere. His story, told by the Guide, exceptional, I never imagined that you one persons more millionaires of the time wanted to build his home in beautiful city (their land), I am not going to give more spoilers, but it is a place that you should go whether or if. Low price of tour is a tour by groups, and has pre-established schedules
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  • August 4, 2017
    The palacio is a 1920s building that incorporates a real melange of European styles, from the Alhambra to classical to Ancient Greece and Rome. The tour was excellent, in English and for 20B good valu...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    This is a palace that Simon I. Patiño built for his wife. At the time (1930s) it was among the most luxurious houses in the hemisphere, equipped with the latest technology. The architecture is beautif...  more »

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You can find dozens of inexpensive hotels and budget-friendly hostels between the main bus terminal and the city center in Cochabamba. The only drawback to staying in that area is that some of its side streets can be unsafe late at night, so choose carefully if you plan to go out after dark. Most foreign visitors choose to stay at one of the hotels near the main city square, where you can take advantage of good eating options that are relatively difficult to find elsewhere in town.
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