Lampa, the pink city

The tiny town of Lampa is located about 25 kilometers from Juliaca, inside Puno´s highlands. The Santiago Apostol Church, built in stone is one of the most important buildings of the city. Inside this church there is an identical replica of Michelangelo´s la pieta, capping a stunning black marble mausoleum of Mr. Torres Bellón, who was a prosper engineer of the city. The amazing thing is that in this town there is a second replica of the italian artist´s work, the second sculpture is located in the City Hall, with an exhibition of Victor Humareda, a peruvian painter. Making Lampa the only place in the world where you can find two identical copies of this masterpiece. Lampa has other wonders, colorful adobe houses, kid´s games made of stone inside domestic patios, an Immaculate Conception platform made from over 800kilos of pure silver and La Colorada, a lagoon which is the small natural Paradise of birds and other animals.

Useful Tips

  • Restaurants
  • Tukuy Mikhuy. Bolognesi 209. Plaza Grau next to the church entrance. Ph. 051786015.
  • La Casona de Lampa. Plaza de Armas s/n. Ph. 999607682 / 051797531 / 958968170.

Text & Photos by Iñigo Maneiro (www.bitacora.pe)

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