South Coast

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of tower fame) designed the cathedral, noted for its fine stained-glass windows and onyx high altar.

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1. Casa Museo Basadre

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Named for a local historian born in 1903, this place is more convincing as a cultural center than a museum (though there’s a handful of old photos and an…

2. Fountain

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On the Paseo Cívico, this 6m-high bronze fountain is said to have been created by the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of tower fame) but these…

3. Paseo Cívico

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Unlike almost every other town in Peru, Tacna’s main plaza is not called the Plaza de Armas because the city was never formally founded by the Spanish. It…

4. El Parque de la Locomotora

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About an 800m walk south of the train station, a British locomotive built in 1859 and used as a troop train in the War of the Pacific is the centerpiece…

5. Museo Histórico Regional


Patriotic like everything in Tacna, this museum above the town library broadcasts a grand, somewhat triumphant, air. Huge canvases depicting key moments…

6. Museo Ferroviario

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This museum located inside the train station gives the impression of stepping back in time. You can wander amid beautiful, though poorly maintained, 20th…

7. Museo de Zela

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The small, musty Museo de Zela provides a look at the interior of one of Tacna’s oldest colonial buildings, the Casa de Zela. Here you can see some period…

8. Complejo Arqueológico Miculla

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This 43-hectare archaeological site is an outdoor gallery of pre-Hispanic art and is considered to be one of the most important collections of rock art in…