Travelers seldom make it to Tarma, but they should. One of the region’s most welcoming cities with a clement climate by altiplano (Andean plateau) standards, this is a great stopover. Surrounded on all sides by scrubby, brown-dirt mountains hiding some intriguing day trips, it's also poised on the cusp of the ceja de la selva ('eyebrow of the jungle') with a road linking the central Andes to the Amazon Basin and its associated attractions.
Limeños (inhabitants of Lima) come here en route to experiencing the nearest accessible jungle to their desert capital and the city is now cottoning-on to tourism. Tarma can be used as a base for exploring la selva central (Central Amazon) as well as the locales mentioned here.
Idyllic accommodations, some in colonial haciendas, and a scattering of nearby Inca ruins, all set around a fertile valley which is famed for its flower growing, enhance Tarma's allure.