Stop what you are doing and go to Cochabamba, Bolivia right meow. It's so much more than just a giant statue of Christ (though that in itself is worth a peek).
Cochabamba is a tad off the beaten path in comparison to La Paz and tends to attract more expats and volunteers rather than tourists and backpackers. Though if we're being honest, that non-beaten path is pretty luxurious! The vibe is relaxed which makes it a perfect arts and culture hub. Check out La Cancha, the main market for bustling street life, cheap eats, as well as the usual suspects: clothing, veggies, and electronics. The mountainside scenery and nearby national parks has much to offer in the ways of outdoor activities. Try paragliding, trekking, and rafting!
There's a reason people like to settle in Cochabamba and that reason is definitely to eat and drink! The culinary capital of Bolivia, Cochabamba is filled with international and local cuisine and street eats like peanut soup and fried chicken. The bars have an artsy, eclectic feel to them and serve more than just local booze. Coworker recommends checking out Paprika for the tastiest of nom nom noms.