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Top Choice Fusion in Tarma

Daylo Cocina Peruana-Fusion

With one stylish opening, Daylo has whirled Tarma's eating scene from the culinary wasteland category right up into refined dining. The food in this intimately designed venue veers away from traditional Peruvian, bu…
Observatory in Tarma

Astronomical Observatory

Tarma is high in the mountains and the clear nights of June, July and August provide ideal opportunities for stargazing, though the surrounding mountains do limit the amount of observable heavens. A small astronomic…
Peruvian in Tarma

Restaurant Señorial/El Braserito

Two restaurants rolled into one (just one side is opened if it’s slow), this is the local favorite. It’s seen better days but there’s something inexplicably appealing about the array of meaty options complemented by…
Religious in Tarma

Semana Santa

Many processions are held in Tarma during Holy Week, including several by candlelight after dark. They culminate on the morning of Easter Sunday with a marvelous procession to the cathedral along an 11-block route e…
Peruvian in Tarma

Restaurant Chavín de Grima

For breakfasts and cheap set lunches on the Plaza de Armas you won’t go far wrong by heading to this veritable institution. A wholesome two-course menú del dia (set menu of the day) is a mere S5.
Parrilla in Tarma

El Che Parrillas

The parrillas (grilled meats) at this 2nd-floor restaurant are sublime.
Festival in Tarma

Tarma Tourism Week

Features dress-up parades, music, dancing and much raucous merriment.
Bar in Tarma

La Colonia ‘H’

The best place for a beer or three.
Archaeological Site in Tarma


Of the myriad archaeological ruins near Tarma, best known is Tarmatambo, 6km south. Former capital of the Taruma culture and later a major Inca administrative center, the fairly extensive remains include storehouses…
Church in Tarma


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…