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.
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;
Acobamba, Huaricolca, Huasahuasi, Leticia, Palca, Palcamayo, San Pedro de Cajas, Tapo, Tarma.
Tarma town is relatively small and most commuting can be done comfortably on foot. The main bus terminal is just off Av. Castilla, where the hotels begin. Rickshaws, heavily utilized by locals, are everywhere and can be flagged down.
Minivans, buses, taxis and personal cars offer cheap travel around the nearby towns and can be flagged down on exit roads.
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.(-11.2689,-75.7844)edit
Gruta de Pacupa Huain. Cave near San Pedro de Cajasedit
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. edit
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.edit
Camino Inca. The Inca trail goes between Tarmatambo and Huasqui and takes approximately 4 hours. The trail provides great views of Tarma and the surrounding hills. A S/.1-2 combi or colectivo taxi will take you to Tarmatambo, where you can see the beginning of the trail up on the hill. Paths up to the trail can be seen on Google maps. The trail leads North East and dips into a valley. Take a right at the fork twice to cross the valley and head up North between the hills. There is no defined path here, but the trail continues when you reach the dip in the hills at the top. The trail then heads West along the hills and gradually declines. From the road in Huasqui you can flag down a bus or taxi back to Tarma. Look out for the Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) along the trek.edit
El Dorado, Jirón Huánuco 488, ☎ 064 321914 (email@example.com), . Continental breakfast, Internet, room service, hot water, private bathrooms, cable TV. These guys also have a good range of tours from S/.30.00 to S/.65.00edit
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.
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