"Tacna - Not a boring town!" Tacna by adelinemmc
Tacna Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 28 photos
When you cross into Peru from Chile, there's a good chance that you'll end up in Tacna.
Most people immediately board a bus to Arequipa and spend no more than a couple of hours in this town.
However, we found it to be cheap and cheerful and ideal for a stopover. There are plenty of sights to see: lovely avenues and plaza, a big craft market, casinos, a train museum and cheap hotels.
Louis Eiffel, the guy who designed the famous tower in Paris also designed the cathedral in Tacna and a very nice art deco-style fountain in Tacna's main square, the Plaza de Armas.
Tacna has a duty free zone a bit outside town (approx 10/15 mins walk).
You can buy anything in there from shoes (average price 38 soles) to designer trainers, to cheap asian-branded electronics, to bootleg DVDs, to cycles to clothes, branded or not, etc...
Several blocks chock-full of stalls and shops await you. Beware though, there will be a custom control when you leave town (although they did not really check much)
- Pros:Great stopover town with warm climate & animated centre
- Cons:Easy to overbuy in the craft market or duty-free zone
- In a nutshell:Chilled town with lots to do
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