Destination guide: Tacna, Peru

Tacna is in the far south of Peru and combines a desert coastline with mountains. The city stands out as an important center for commerce thanks to its Duty Free Zone and because of its exquisite cuisine.

Tacna also offers visitors different tourist attractions, among which the Toquepala cave, the rock engravings at San Francisco de Miculla, the Aricota lagoon and the medicinal hot springs at the village of Aguas Calientes stand out.

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  • Tacna - Things to do

    Sights

    Boca del Río

    Tacna's main seaside resort is Boca del Río, about 50km southwest of the city. Minibuses from Terminal Bolognesi go here along a good road.

     Sub-Type: Beach
    Address: Boca del Río

    Museo Ferroviario

    The Museo Ferroviario is located inside the train station - just ring the bell at the southern gates - gives the impression of stepping back in time. You can wander amid beautiful though poorly maintained 20th-century steam engines and rolling stock, plus atmospheric salons filled with historic paraphernalia, including a curious collection of international postage stamps, all to the tune of the lonely tap-tapping of the station master's ancient typewriter.

    Sub-Type: Museum
    Telephone Number:+51 52 72 4981
    Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30.
    Pricing: admission US$0.30.
    Address: Town Center.

    Plaza de Armas

    Tacna's main plaza, Plaza de Armas, which is studded with palm trees and large pergolas topped by bizarre mushroom-like bushes, is a popular meeting place and has a patriotic flag-raising ceremony every Sunday morning. The plaza, famously pictured on the front of Peru's S/100 note, features a huge arch - a monument to the heroes of the War of the Pacific. It is flanked by larger-than-life bronze statues of Admiral Grau and Colonel Bolognesi.

    Sub-Type: Architecture.
    Address: Town Center