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(Altitude: 1,410 m / 4,625 ft, Population: 170,480, City Code: 053)



Amidst crinkled desert hills lies the oasis city Moquegua. This little-visited town on the Río Moquegua is a refreshing break from touristy Nasca and Arequipa, and is conveniently midway between the two. The Plaza de Armas, is surrounded by colonial buildings and accented by a fountain designed by famed French engineer, Gustave Eiffel. On the north side of the square are the ruins of the city’s original cathedral, now home to Museo Contisuyo. On the plaza’s southeast corner is the co-cathedral Santo Domingo, where the body of third-century Palestinian virgin-martyr Santa Fortunata reposes (it’s said her hair and nails are still growing). On the north edge of downtown is Cerro San Barnabé where thousands of years of archaeological remains have been unearthed and site of an important battle during the war against Chile.


Moquegua has a pleasant small-town feel and plenty of sites to keep you here for a couple of days: ancient geoglyphs, a fine archaeological museum, colonial architecture and pisco wineries. Day trips may be made to the port city Ilo and its beaches, as well as to neighboring villages.


Other places nearby Moquegua: Torata, Ilo, Huacachina Oasis, Ica, Nasca, Pisco, The Nasca Lines, Tacna and Paracas.

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Museo Contisuyo

144499In the ruins of the city’s old cathedral is the privately owned Museo Contisuyo. This well-organized museum exhibits 12,000 years of gold jewelry, ceramics and other archaeological artifacts of the ...
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Mirador De Cerro Cristo Blanco And Cerro Chen Chen Geoglyphs

144500Atop a hill on the city’s south side looms a huge, white statute of Christ overlooking the landscape. The grounds of Cerro Cristo Blanco not only offer mere humans the same panoramic view, but also ...
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Ruta De Pisco

144501Since the beginning of the 17th century, the Moquegua valley has been known for its wine and pisco. At the end of the Guerra del Pacífico, 120 bodegas (wineries) existed. Today, only a handful still ...
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