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;
Tarma, Huaricolca, Leticia, Acobamba, Palcamayo, San Pedro de Cajas, Huasahuasi, Palca, Tapo.
Lima Bus six hours S/.25.00, Mininvan five hours S/.40.00.
Wilcashmarca. Ruins of buildings.
Yanamarca (Quechua for Black Town), (11° 20' 9 S 75° 41' 45 W). Chanca culture, ruins of a three story building.(-11.3358,-75.6958)
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.
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.
Tarmatambo (Collcas de Tarmatambo), (11º 28' 36 S 75º 41' 07 W). Stone buildings and terraces.(-11.4767,-75.6853)
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.(-11.5394,-75.6544)
Kutumarca. Ruins, round stone structure.
San Pedro de Cajas
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)
Gruta de Pacupa Huain. Cave near San Pedro de Cajas
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 wikitravel page yet.
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.
Los Mejorcito de Tarma, Av. Arequipa 501, Tarma, ☎ (064) 31 7329.
Salón Odria, Av. Ramón Castilla 512, Tarma, ☎ (064) 321411.
El Gallito De Oro, Jirón 2 De Mayo, 501, Tarma, ☎ (64) 323019.
El Pollo Stop, Avenida Ramón Castilla, 512, Tarma, ☎ (064) 321411. Has a kids playground and outdoor eating area.
Hot N' Tender, Jirón Lima, 730, Tarma, ☎ (064) 32 4220. Chicken, Chips, Salad.
Pachamanca Earth oven baked meat and vegies.
Picante de Cuy Spicy Guinea Pig.
Chicha de Jora
Aruba, Jirón Moquegua 452, ☎ 064 322057. Hot water, private bathrooms, cable TV
El Dorado, Jirón Huánuco 488, ☎ 064 321914 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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/.65.00
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 is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!