The third week of lockdown in Peru due to the COVID-19 pandemic had a very touching headline. Plaza de Acho, the first bullring built in the 18th century in Lima became the place in which tradition and blood were replaced with relief and solidarity. From death to renaissance, a provisional shelter for the wellbeing of 150 endangered people stands over the sands of Acho. A new chapter in the history of this emblematic Peruvian landmark.
Bullfight culture in Peru
More than 250 years of cheering voices have passed since the official opening of Plaza de Acho in Lima, Peru, the biggest in South America. Originally, this bullring could welcome up to 7000 avid spectators distributed around the wide fighting arena (90 meters of diameter). Later, the remodeling of Acho took place in 1944, duplicating its capacity, but the circular stage was reduced to 60 meters of diameter.
Being the maximum icon of taurine culture in Peru, build on concrete, adobe and wood, Acho houses a museum with treasured items such as weapons, statues, pictures, and bullfighting outfits. As a smart traveler would choose, more options on going deeper in Peruvian culture, despite attending the main event, including delighting your palate with an exclusive mix of Spanish recipes and Peruvian ingredients in classical restaurants near Acho such as La Eñe.
amateurish and everyone who is ready to understand the golden ages and lifestyle of the taurine community can attend bullfighting events during the Lord of the Miracles festivities in Lima, in October and November.
More Historical Landmarks in Peru
What about more adventures in a more quiet mood? Barranco, next to the Miraflores district in Lima, has a special location for dreamers. El Puente de los Suspiros (The Bridge of Sighs) has a legend over its wooden floor. Hold your breath, make a wish and get across. Exhale, and be sure it will be granted.
Heading south, the volcanic region of Arequipa holds bullfights as well, furthermore, it is also the city with one of the most solemn buildings in meridional Peru. This is the Santa Catalina Convent in which the history of women who preferred an isolated life honoring their beliefs and building their emotional and spiritual strength by daily duties such as cleaning, writing, and baking is told by its protagonists.
Bullrings around South America
Back to the arena, the dreamland of coffee has the bellow of bulls in its history as well. In Colombia, the name of the point is Plaza de Toros de Santamaría. Located just next to the planetarium, this Moorish architecture building has almost 90 years of history. Standing at the front of the brick red walls and pleasing your sight with the two-story arabesque façade will be complemented with the chilling breeze of the Colombian capital.
Although bullfights are still available after the 4-year ban in 2012, Santamaría is also the stage for music concerts and other artistic shows where you can have a twist in your international agenda.
Ecuador is also part of the taurine culture. The Monumental of Quito, a 15 000-visitor bullring in Quito with more than half a hundred years of legacy. Currently, bullfights are banned from 2012, and it is now the venue for music concerts of genres such as rock, latin, pop or folk.