Regional capital of the same name, this region is located in southwestern Peru’s border with Chile, its boundaries are: On the north by the region of Moquegua, on the south by Chile, on the east by the Republic of Bolivia and the Puno region and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, its territory covering an area of 16 075. 89 km2, Tacna city is capital of the province of the same name, is located at 562 meters, a modern city located in the fertile valley of Caplina, excellent temperate climate.
Tacna has a very active trade with Ilo, Moquegua and Arica, Puno and Ilave addition to making it in a very prosperous city, but what draws visitors to this city is the lively trade that takes place in the popular markets where prices can get comfortable all kinds of artifacts. Buyers from all over Peru, especially Lima, throng these markets.
Tacna city has many tourist attractions, we can cite for example: The Cathedral of the city, located opposite the civic promenade, whose construccion was carried out by the French firm Alexander Gustave Eiffel, its design is neo-Renaissance style. Ornamental La Pila, located in the Civic Tour, is six meters high and consists of several sources, its construction was given by France’s Paul D’Len Had.
La Casa de Zela, an important precursor of the independence of Peru, where the Hall has mounted Archaeological Museum, which displays ceramics, textiles and many pre-Hispanic objects. The Municipal Theater, built by Spanish architect Constantino Martinez, a building whose facade was built entirely of hewn stone and whose main hall can be seen pictures of the most illustrious of Tacna, the theater was declared historical and artistic heritage in 1972.
Another outstanding attraction of the city is the Railway Museum, mounted on the old railway station Tacna-Arica, showing visitors the historical process of the railway. The park of the locomotive, built to house the centuries-old locomotive built in Pennsylvania and who led the Peruvian troops to defend the Morro de Arica, during the war with Chile. The parabolic arch, erected in honor of the heroes of the Pacific War, has a height of 18 meters high, built of stone masonry or pinkish.
The Alameda Bolognesi, is the most frequented part of town, under the mall Caplina River flows. Near the city there are attractions for tourists as the Monumental Complex of the Alliance camp, a Museum showing the vestiges of war with Chile. If you want to visit the countryside, the Valley Old Man of Tacna is very close, a temperate climate where there are several restaurants where you can taste delicious typical dishes of the area. A 22 kilometers from the city is the hot springs of Hot-Pachía, Caplina the river, its waters are medicinal in arthritic and skin in the surrounding area there are accommodation and food services.
Miculla Archaeological Complex, just 15 minutes from the city by car, surrounded by a desert landscape seen the drawings on the rocks, with images of humans, d pumas, snakes, lizards and representations of constellations and images undefined . And if you want to enjoy the sea, 52 km southwest of the city lies the mouth of the River Spa, considered one of the best beaches, flat, wide and shallow. Nearby are offered accommodation, restaurants and recreation centers. Palos Beach 20 minutes drive from the city, calm water and little waves. In the place of service is accommodation and restaurants. Tacna has a varied and delicious cuisine, we can cite the following, the corn with cheese, Fried pork with roasted corn, spicy to Tacna, adobo pork, among others.
When traveling to the Tacna are two access roads, overland route from Lima is 1 293 km south on the Panamerican Highway, the trip takes approximately 18 hours.
By air, flights from Lima, the trip is one hour and thirty five minutes from Arequipa to Tacna the flight is 35 minutes.
Other tourist sites recognized are:
Plaza de Tacna
Catedral de Tacna
Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Complex Miculla.