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Paseo Bolognesi - City Walk Tacna - Peru

The commercial artery of Tacna is Av. Bolognesi. In the center of the broad boulevard is a several-kilometer-long park, the Paseo Bolognesi. To stroll down the palm-lined Paseo is to walk through Tacna’s history.

At the east end of the avenue is the Universidad Nacional. Just west, towards Calle Amazonas, are several Republican-era mansions built after the August 1868 earthquake.

At Amazonas, make a detour one block north to Iglesia Espíritu Santo. Designed by Juan Batenero, this unusual church has a trefoil-shaped ceiling and floor plan. Returning to Bolognesi, about midways, at Pallardelli, is the market district, with the mercado central and mercado artesanía. The median park begins to widen in front of the Hotel Gran Tacna, one of the city’s premier hotels.

At Av. Grau is an old steam locomotive. Continuing past the railroad tracks is a park with statues to the various heroes of Tacna’s independence movements. At the very end of the Paseo, at the roundabout, is one of the newest architectural features of Tacna, reflecting a new member to its ethnic diversity: Mesquita Bab-Ul-Islam, the Pakastani community’s mosque.

Tacna, Peru

City Walk

Travel Tips:

Iglesia Espíritu Santo is open during the day. Mesquita Bab-Ul-Islam is open to visitors, usually around 4 p.m. (or ring the bell). Also, city tours include this stop on their itinerary. An unusual feature of the Paseo are the irrigation gates one occasionally sees. This controls the flow of the Río Caplina, which runs right under the boulevard.

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Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

Near Hotel Gran Tacna is the Museo Postal y Filtélico (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Bolognesi 361. Entry: free).

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Peruvian nuevo sol

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