Blessed with beautiful desert landscapes and fertile valleys, Taca’s leafy avenues are dotted with excellent museums and heroic statues showcasing the city’s rich history. Admire ancient war artifacts, browse bustling local markets and visit a museum dedicated to the region’s train history.
Things to do in Tacna
Stroll along the central Paseo Civico de Tacna promenade to witness local life, then admire the beautiful neo-Renaissance architecture of Tacna Cathedral. Nearby you can pay respects at the Parabolic Arch monument, which is dedicated to the soldiers of the War of the Pacific.
Browse war artifacts at the Regional Historical Museum and learn the fascinating stories behind famous heroes, such as Zela, Bolognesi and Ugarte. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, explore the souvenir stalls at Mercado Central y Mercadillos de Tacna and sample regional delicacies, such as succulent seafood and natural juices.
Train enthusiasts should visit the National Railway Museum, which highlights the history of train travel in Tacna. Step back in time as you admire its 20th-century steam engines, then walk to El Parque de la Locomotora to see a British locomotive that dates back to 1859 and was used in the War of the Pacific.
If you’re interested in learning more about the region’s history, take a day trip to Toquepala Caves. A guided tour offers insight into some of the earliest dwellings known to man, where you can marvel at cave paintings depicting hunters, humans and animals dating back to 7630 BC.
Getting around Tacna
You can access Tacna by flying from Lima to Coronel FAP Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa International Airport, located 15 minutes from the city center. When in town, you can get around by taxi or rent a car to explore the region.