Tacna

( 562 meters) above sea level

 

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Coast, valleys and a heroic history

A land of unique scenery, with deserts and fertile valleys, between the coast and the mountains. Its history dates back to the rock paintings of the Toquepala Caves. Nearer to the present day, this region bore witness to important events, such as the War of the Pacific. The sea along its beaches is calm, and it has hot springs and lakes in the lower reaches of the Andes. Its extensive vineyards produce a large amount of wine and Pisco for export.

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Living culture, adventure, pleasure and nature:

Fans of archaeology and history, lovers of water sports and hikes, enthusiasts of fine wine and pisco as well as those interested in hot springs and life in nature.

Tacna is the pride of the nation.

Location: In the south-east of Peru, it shares a border with Chile, and consists of desert regions, volcanoes and mountains.

Size: 16,076 km2 (6,207 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

2 Days 

(Minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  •  ½ Day: City centre, avenues and museums, Campo de la Alianza Monument Complex,
  • 1 Day: Calientes – Pachía Hot Springs, Miculla Archaeological Complex,

          Valle Viejo (Old Valley),Boca del Río (Mouth of the River) beach resort,

          Los Palos Beach,Locumba Valley,Toquepala Cave Paintings,Tarata (Tarata) Anajiri                      Petroglyphs,

  • 2 Days: Calientes Candarave Hot Springs,Calientes – Hot Springs, 

           Suches or Huaytire Lagoon .

 

Recommended for

recomendadoArcheology lovers: Miculla Archaeological Surrounded by an impressive desert landscape that features small mounds, all under the watchful eye of the Wawapas

People interested in religious landmarks: Catedral de Tacna  ts construction began in 1875, under the direction of Alejandro Gustav Eiffel’s French company.

Experiential tourism aficionados: Ornamental Fountain, Paseo cívico, A sculpture made by Frenchman Paul Lienhard, forged in the English Simpson smelting works, The heart of the city. At the beginning of the street, visitors can marvel at an allegory to the lady of Tacna

Birdwatchers: Locumba Valley, Valle Viejo de Tacna  An inter-Andean valley known for producing excellent wine and pisco. Agriculture is currently the principal activity.

What to eat?

Peruvian cuisine is a result of the merger of several cultures (Chinese, Arab, African, Italian, etc.) and added to the variety of products  and native species, resulting in the satisfaction of our senses from our eyes to make contact the presentation of the most succulent dishes, which does not resist the smell aromas, making a frantic reaction awakening in our mouth. Part of the delicious dishes, have their ancient roots from a local cuisine, with products from the area such as: potatoes, red pepper sauce, corn, guinea pig, among other varied products and the others say, the cuisine has tacneña Peru in the eyes of the world.

 

What to buy?

Hence crafts Peruvian Tacna is among the most varied and recognized in our continent, as seen from the growing network of exporters who each year exhibit the skill of memories and various crafts that have been exhibiting, promoting and marketing for more than a decade mainly in the countries of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and other European, Asian and North American markets due to its diversity, colorful, creativity and multiple functions that make it a fundamental activity not only for the configuration of the Tacneña identity and Peru, but also for the survival of tho.

CERAMICS: Pottery is one of the most widespread activities in Peru.

Wood carving: in the colony had a strong development with the influence of religious polychrome sculptures. Altarpieces, statuettes and decorated furniture in churches and convents whose baroque style has made in the famous San Blas pulpit of the church of the same name in Cusco, one of the most elaborate pieces of this complex style. However in the Heroic City of Tacna also we have renowned artists in this field.

Typical dishes tacna

Adobo de chancho o Adobo Tacneño: It is one of the most delicious and traditional dishes of southern Peru The marinade is a way of soaking meat the traditional way is to cook with firewood The pig is macerated in vinegar , garlic , cumin (optional ), pepper (to taste) and oregano , for an hour

Cazuela de gallina o Cazuela a la Tacneña: It is a typical , simple and tasty dish , especially for winter prepared with chicken Creole . Bring squash, corn , peas , carrots , potatoes , garlic, salt , parsley ( optional), celery and arroz.Se sanchocha the bird in salt water , part of the ingredients is added and cook for about five minutes


Tacna Attractions in the City
Municipal Theater – Tacna atractions

Municipal Theater – Tacna atractions

Visiting Hours : During the performances. Location : Pasaje Calderón de la Barca s/n, opposite the MacLean small square. Tacna Built in 1870 by the Spanish engineer Constantino Martínez del Pino and opened some years later by President José...

Casa de Zela – Attractions Zela House

Casa de Zela – Attractions Zela House

Visiting Hours : Mon-Sat 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-18:00. Sun 08:00–13:00. Location : Zela street No 542. Tacna Home of Francisco Antonio de Zela, forefather of Peruvian independence. It contains a set of documents about the forefather’s family and a photo...

Paseo cívico – Civic Route

Paseo cívico – Civic Route

Visiting Hours : During the day and night. Location : City centre. Tacna The heart of the city. At the beginning of the street, visitors can marvel at an allegory to the lady of Tacna in honour of her...

Ornamental Fountain – Peru excursions

Ornamental Fountain – Peru excursions

Visiting Hours : During the day and night. Location : Located in the Paseo Cívico. Tacna A sculpture made by Frenchman Paul Lienhard, forged in the English Simpson smelting works, measuring some 6 metres high and featuring several fountains....

Tacna Cathedral – Cathedral tours

Tacna Cathedral – Cathedral tours

Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 7.00 am – 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm. Location : Opposite the Paseo Cívico. Tacna Its construction began in 1875, under the direction of Alejandro Gustav Eiffel’s French company. A...

Tacna Attractions Beyond the City
Locumba Valley – Tacna tours

Locumba Valley – Tacna tours

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 93 km north-west of Tacna (1 hour by car). Tacna An inter-Andean valley known for producing excellent wine and pisco. Agriculture is currently the principal activity here, mainly with the production of “ají”...

Miculla Archaeological – excursions Peru

Miculla Archaeological – excursions Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 22 km north-east of Tacna (30 minutes by car). Tacna Surrounded by an impressive desert landscape that features small mounds, all under the watchful eye of the Wawapas and Miculla hills (1,200 masl,...

Pachía Hot Springs – atractions Peru

Pachía Hot Springs – atractions Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 22.8 km east of Tacna (30 minutes by car). Tacna On the banks of the Caplina River (1,400 masl). Known for their therapeutic properties that help treat neuro-arthritis and skin complaints. With temperatures...

Valle Viejo de Tacna – Tacna Old Valley

Valle Viejo de Tacna – Tacna Old Valley

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 94 km, 14 km and 18 km from Tacna. Tacna Extensive countryside at between 670 and 1,090 masl. It stretches over a length of 23 km and covers Pocollay, Calana and Pachía districts,...

Monument Complex Battle – Peru

Monument Complex Battle – Peru

Visiting Hours : Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 1.00 pm / 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm. Location : 8 km north of Tacna (10 minutes by car). Tacna Built in honour of the combatants in the Alliance Battle...

Tacna Festivals
The Lord of Locumba Festival – Tacna tour

The Lord of Locumba Festival – Tacna tour

  Tacna Begins: 14-September Ends: 14-June This is a religious celebration in which national and foreign worshippers participate.

FITAC – Peru excursions

FITAC – Peru excursions

  Tacna Begins: 24-August Ends: 31-August FITAC (Feria Internacional de Tacna, or Tacna International Trade Fair) takes place at the exhibition centre in Parque Perú, which covers an area of 20 hectares. This space has been equipped with the infrastructure needed...

Winter Solstice – Night of San Juan

Winter Solstice – Night of San Juan

Tacna Begins: 23-June Ends: 24-June A thousand-year-old ritual in which offerings are made to the Pachamama (Mother Earth), and there are artistic and cultural performances.

Homage to the Defenders of Peru

Homage to the Defenders of Peru

Tacna Begins: 26-May Ends: 26-May A parade and various civic ceremonies take place in the Alliance Heights Historic Monument Complex.

International Cultural of Carnival – Peru

International Cultural of Carnival – Peru

  Tacna Begins: 01-February Ends: 16-March Delegations from various regions and border countries participate in this international festival. Typical dances are held with colourful carnival groups that later take part in a contest held at Jorge Basadre Grohmann Stadium. This event...

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