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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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Enjoy its singular architecture and community life in its courtyards.

From the historic center by foot.

Comfortable shoes, camera, sun protection

Sit down and take a rest as you experience the peaceful courtyards. From the historic center by foot.

Neighborhood of historical dwellings still in use today, featuring Arequipeño Mestizo architecture. An open-air museum

Free access

All audience


Open area in the historic centre

Hike, trade in leather goods, and musical instruments



Several fast food restaurants Local, national, international


Hotels, hostels, accommodation


Approximately 10 dollars


Puente Bolognesi, Beguinage, convent of la Recoleta

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