What You Need To Know about Tacna

Tacna is a city in southern Peru and the regional capital of the Tacna Region. A very commercially active city, it is located only 35 km (22 mi) north of the border with Arica y Parinacota Region from Chile, inland from the Pacific Ocean and in the valley of the Caplina River. It is Peru’s tenth most populous city. Initially called San Pedro de Tacna, it has gained a reputation for patriotism, with many monuments and streets named after heroes of Peru’s struggle for independence (1821–1824) and the War of the Pacific (1879–1883). Residents of Tacna are known in Spanish as tacneños.


Population: 307 ,121 Visit
Area: 14, 767 km²



Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in Peru, while Quechua is the most popular indigenous language in the country.



The major religion in Tacna is Catholicism




Tacna is served by a cross-border standard gauge railway to Arica, Chile. It is also the location of the National Railway Museum of Peru.


Tacna is served by the Crnl. FAP. Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa International Airport, with flights to Arequipa and Lima.


Tourist attractions

Many monuments are located in this city, including the arch of the Alto de la Alianza, which shows the significance of this town. Other monuments include a neo-renaissance Cathedral, the Courthouse, the Alameda Bolognesi Walkway and the caves of Toquepala, where archaeologists have found some of the oldest human remains in Peru.