Museum in Tacna

Museo de Zela

The small, musty Museo de Zela provides a look at the interior of one of Tacna’s oldest colonial buildings, the Casa de Zela.
Museum in Tacna

Museo Histórico Regional

Patriotic like everything in Tacna, this museum above the town library broadcasts a grand somewhat triumphant air. Five huge canvases adorn the walls and busts of erstwhile heroes such as Zela, Bolognesi and Ugarte …
Museum in Tacna

Museo Ferroviario

This museum 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 engi…
Museum in Tacna

Casa Museo Basadre

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 exhibits). Check out the posters inside for upcoming music and a…
Church in Tacna


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

El Parque de la Locomotora

About a 15-minute 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 of El Parque de la Locomotora, an otherwise empty roadside…
Fountain in Tacna


Near the Plaza de Armas, the 6m-high bronze fountain was created by the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of tower fame)
Square in Tacna

Plaza de Armas

Tacna’s main plaza is studded with palm trees and large pergolas topped by bizarre mushroom-like features. The plaza, famously pictured on the front of Peru’s S100 note, features a huge arch – a monument to the hero…