Centro Cultural Amador Ballumbrosio

South Coast

The home of El Carmen’s most famous dancing family is a museum to Afro-Peruvian culture. Music breaks out here spontaneously most weekends; pop in if you’re in the village to view the photos and paintings and see what’s up. It's possible to organize homestays with local families here.

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