Tarma Tourist Attractions
Tarma is a surprisingly modern city and an unexpected treat in the middle of the Central Highlands. Unlike some of the other 'modern' cities in Peru that area characterized by bland square concrete buildings, Tarma has some beautiful Spanish architecture. It's dubbed the "Pear of the Andes" and boasts a beautiful modern Plaza de Armas. The neo-Classical Iglesia Cathedral Santa Ana, on the west side of the plaza, was built in 1954.On the hills around Tarma are a number of pre-Inca and Inca ruins which have not been restored and are generally overgrown. These ruins are not often visited but are interesting to explore if you have some spare time.
El Senor de Muruhuay, Acobamba, Peru
Acobamba is a small village about 9km / 5mi from Tarma. It is mainly of interest for the El Señor de Muruhuay religious sanctuary on the outskirts of the town. The sanctuary is built around a rock etching (now outlined in paint) of Christ, which is said to have been made by a soldier after the Battle of Junín in 1824. Local legend holds that the etching was created much earlier, during the mid 1700s. It is also said that the stone bleeds on occasion. The El Señor de Muruhuay was built in 1972. Prior to this, a small chapel encompassed the rock, and before that, a simple hut.The feast of Señor de Muruhuay is held annually in May, and has been taking place since 1835. During this celebration there are processions, fireworks, dancing, and other entertainment.
Gruta de Guagapo, Palcamayo, Peru
Palcamayo is a small village about 30km / 18mi from Tarma. The town is most famous for the Gruta de Guagapo, one of Peru's largest caves. It is a designated National Speleological Area. There are some smaller caves in this area as well.Exploring Gruta de Guagapo is only for those with experience in caving and requires appropriate equipment. The cave has waterfalls and underwater sections which require scuba gear. There is a local guide who lives in the area who is familiar with the cave and will offer advice and possibly provide some equipment.The first 300m / 970ft of the cave requires less technical ability and offers the opportunity to see stalagmites, stalactites, and cave paintings. It will still require a flashlight and guide.