A historical site nestled between bridge and river, home to many traditional trades
The tambo of The Bighead
Historically, Tambo La Cabezona has sought to avoid enclosing itself within any single building, instead becoming something much bigger than that. It is one of the historic center’s largest tambos, restored and declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, whose architectural value offers the testimony, in the midst of today’s busy world, of its true protagonists: the tambo’s residents and their friends and families.
In spite of the continuous changes in the complex’s use, the inhabitants of Tambo La Cabezona shoulder equal weight in their daily task of keeping alive its memory, trades, and inherited traditions for the enjoyment of new generations. At La Cabezona, the past merges with the future. Working on this dwelling place in the heart of the historic center reveals ways of life conducive to an active community culture, free from the speculative pressure of consumerism that so often burdens the historic centers of cities around the world.
The existence of a network of diverse social agents and their constant hard work has helped perpetuate Tambo La Cabezona’s role as a “trade institute ,” at the same time helping to revitalize our identity and the authentic possibility of renewal for Arequipa’s historic center.
Inn of the Bighead
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