Cochabamba is in the heart of Bolivia, which is in the heart of South America, so one could argue that Cochabama is the heart of South America. But it is called the breadbasket of Bolivia and is more of a mellow little city than would really fit the 'heart of South America.'
In any case, Cochabamba is special to me because my partner grew up there from age four to eighteen, and I was thrilled to spend some time there and see his old house, his old school, meet old friends and family, etc. And it was charming in its own right.
The cuñapes (cheese-filled bread in a mochi-like rice-based dough) are delicious!
And go nicely with this concoction: shot of espresso with sweetened condensed milk. Decadent and guaranteed to keep you bouncing off the walls-- until you crash from the sugar high.