Sacaba is a capital city and a municipality in the Bolivian province of Chapare. The city, located 13 kilometers eastward from Cochabamba, is the second largest city in the Cochabamba Department after Cochabamba city. Post-colonial architecture may be seen in the inner part of Sacaba; however, some has been destroyed due to lack of municipal care.
City and Municipality
|Founded||June 29, 1761|
|Elevation||2,719 m (8,921 ft)|
|Area code(s)||+591 4|
Sacaba was the site of anti-coca eradication riots in 2002, which caused the removal of Evo Morales, leader of the cocalero movement and the MAS, from his seat in the Bolivian congress. Morales opposed the closing of a coca market in Sacaba, and ensuing protests involved the death of several people on both sides. Morales is currently the president of Bolivia.
At the time of census 2001 Sacaba had 92,581 residents. Due to the lack of space in Cochabamba city's boundaries, several new urbanization complexes have been built within the 13 kilometers that separate Sacaba from Cochabamba city. Many of these residential complexes have been constructed for employees from enterprises based in the city.
The weather in Sacaba is temperate, with a climate similar to Cochabamba city. During winter, temperatures range from 1 °C to 24 °C and rainfall is rare. During summer time, temperatures range from 10 °C to 19 °C with heavy precipitation.
Sacaba is a culinary capital in Cochabamba, famous for its delicacies such as cuy and other gastronomical offerings. Several restaurants can be found on the city's streets. Sacaba is also famous for its many chicherias, which produce chicha or corn beer, leading to the description 'Sacaba - donde la chicha nunca se acaba' or 'Sacaba, where the chicha never runs out'.
Most residents of Sacaba work in Cochabamba city. Local industries include raw food, cereal production, shoe factories, among others. Colonial buildings, public markets and other attractions are also appealing to tourists.