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Tarma
Cathedral de Santa Ana de Tarma
Tarmatambo Ruins
Wild Vicuna in the mountains surrounding Tarma

Tarma is a town in Southern Sierra (more specifically, in the province of Tarma, in the department of Junin), Peru. Also known as Santa Ana de la Ribera de Tarma, the Pearl of the Andes and the City of Flowers.

Understand

A little over 3000 meters above sea level, Tarma has a lot to offer, ruins, caves, waterfalls and just a short distance to Jungle.

Currently this page refers to Tarma and the surrounding towns in the province of the same name (Tarma). Tarma is the largest town in the province, however many of the smaller towns have facilities such as hostels and banks.

Towns in the province of Tarma;

Tarma, Huaricolca, Leticia, Acobamba, Palcamayo, San Pedro de Cajas, Huasahuasi, Palca, Tapo.

Get in

Bus

  • Huancayo three hours
  • La Oroya is 58km south west of Tarma.
  • Lima Bus six hours S/.25.00, Mininvan five hours S/.40.00.

Get around

See

Acobamba

  • Wilcashmarca. Ruins of buildings.
  • 1 Yanamarca (Quechua for Black Town) (11° 20' 9 S 75° 41' 45 W). Chanca culture, ruins of a three story building.

Tarma

  • Museo de la Cultura, Corner of Jr. Dos de Mayo and Jr. Arequipa. A great first stop as they'll give you an excellent map of Tarma and surrounding areas for free. Currently free entry and guided tour.
  • Ancashmarca. Ruins.
  • Carnaval. From the 4th to 9th of March 2011.
  • Festival of Flowers. September
  • Festival del Huayco tarmeño. November
  • Plaza de Armas. Features a nice fountain and palms.
  • Santa Ana Cathedral.
  • Semana Santa. Easter, beautiful floral displays.
  • 2 Tarmatambo (Collcas de Tarmatambo) (11º 28' 36 S 75º 41' 07 W). Stone buildings and terraces.

Huaricolca

  • 3 Pintish Machay (Guardianes de Mamahuari Huaricolca), Near Huaricolca, head towards Tarmatambo and keep going. (11° 32' 22 S 75° 39' 16 W). Cave featuring ancient paintings.

Leticia

  • Kutumarca. Ruins, round stone structure.

Palcamayo

San Pedro de Cajas

  • 4 Gruta de Huagapo (Quechua for Cavern that cries) (11º 16' 08 S 75º 47' 04 W). Possibly the largest cave in Peru. There are also ancient paintings here. About 27km from Tarma just past the town of Palcamayo. Take the road towards Junin.
  • Gruta de Pacupa Huain. Cave near San Pedro de Cajas

Huasahuasi

Palca

  • Santuario Nacional Pampa Hermosa. Tropical/subtropical jungle, waterfalls, Yungas. About 100km from Tarma near San Ramon. Much closer to San Ramon than Tarma but San Ramon doesn't have a wikivoyage page yet.

Tapo

Do

Trek

  • Laguna de Cocon. Heading east from Palcamayo there is a trail leading past the ruins of Llaumanpata and onto Laguna de Cocon, about 10km each way.
  • go for a walk on the Camino del Inca. You can reach it directly from Tarma or Huasqui, until Tarmatambo. From there, cross the valley and go up to the crest to come back to Tarma, passing the cemetery. If you don't have time, reach the road and come back by collectivo.
  • Go to Palcamayo (3.5 S, 45min). Then to Gruta de Huagapo (cave, 1 S until the entrance and more to enter) by foot (45min) or by car. 500m before the cave, a path on the right canon de Ushpo or valley of mystery and esoterism... A very nice walk through the rocks(30min). You can come back the same way (easier), or turn right at the end, on a little path going up. You'll go very high and have nice views. It's not easy to find a path, try to stay high and you'll see it leading to the village (2-3h).

Be careful, the last cars leave at 6 or 6h30pm.

Buy

Eat

  • El Pollo Stop, Avenida Ramón Castilla, 512, +51 64 321411. Has a kids playground and outdoor eating area.
  • Hot N' Tender, Jirón Lima, 730, +51 64 32 4220. Chicken, Chips, Salad.
  • try the little cakes (1 S) of Panaderia Bahamas (Jr Huanuco, near from the market)
  • have a meal in the market Asuncion (3 S)

Typical dishes

  • Pachamanca Earth oven baked meat and vegies.
  • Picante de Cuy Spicy Guinea Pig.
  • Trucha Trout.

Restaurants

Drink

Typical drinks

  • Chicha de Jora
  • Calientito hot tea with lemon and chacta (cane liquor).

Bars

Sleep

Budget

  • Aruba, Jirón Moquegua 452, +51 64 322057. Hot water, private bathrooms, cable TV

Mid-range

Connect

Cope

  • Bomberos, 321 700.
  • Hospital Félix Mayorca Soto, Av. Pacheco 362, (064) 32 1401 or (064) 32 1400.
  • Serennazgo, 321 322.
  • Policia Nacional del Peru, 321 921.

Go next

  • Junin Take the road about 75km north west from Tarma, ascending around 1000 meters, passing Gruta de Huagapo on the way to Junin.
  • La Merced (1h30, 7 S). Really amazing, the jungle in one hour !
  • Oxapampa
  • Pichanaki
  • San Ramon (Peru) Take the road about 66km north east from Tarma, descending over 2000 meters into the jungle, passing magnificent waterfalls on the way to San Ramon. San Ramon has an airstrip.


This city travel guide to Tarma is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.