Tarma attractions

Religious Site in Tarma

El Señor de Muruhuay

This white shrine visible on a hill 1.5km from Acobamba is one of Peru’s top pilgrimage sites, built around a rock etching of Christ crucified. A small chapel replaced the previous roughly thatched hut at the site i…
Archaeological Site in Tarma

Tarmatambo

The best known of the myriad archaeological ruins near Tarma, this was the capital of the Taruma culture and later a major Inca administrative center. The fairly extensive remains include storehouses, palaces and an…
Workshop in Tarma

San Pedro de Cajas

Peaceful San Pedro, some 40km into the hills from Tarma, is the production center for the country’s finest tapices (tapestries). Most of the village is involved in making these high-quality and highly regarded woven…
Ruin in Tarma

Yanamarca

A dramatic hilltop testament to both the power of the pre-Inca peoples and the extent to which their cultures are barely known about. The buildings here, of which there are many, are two or three tiers high, and bea…
Observatory in Tarma

Astronomical Observatory

A small astronomical observatory above Hospedaje Central takes advantage of Tarma's high-elevation location, where the clear nights of June, July and August provide ideal opportunities for stargazing (though the sur…
Cave in Tarma

Gruta de Huagapo

This huge limestone cave ranks among Peru’s largest subterranean systems. A proper descent into the Gruta de Huagapo requires caving equipment and experience: tourist facilities consist only of a few ropes. The cave…
Church in Tarma

Cathedral

The town’s cathedral is modern (1965), and it contains the remains of Tarma’s most famous son, Peruvian president Manuel Odría (1897–1974). He organized construction of the cathedral during his presidency. The old c…