Plaza de Acho...
The oldest bullfight ring in the Americas

Rejoneador, Lima, Peru
Rejoneador - © Daniel Moore

Construction of Plaza de Acho (Lima, Peru) began on January 30th, 1766 by order of Viceroy Armat y Junyet, which makes it the oldest bullfight ring in the Americas and second-oldest in the world after La Maestranza, in Sevilla, Spain.

It was rebuilt in 1946.

Located in Lima's Rimac district - Rimac: Quechua word which means "talkative" - Acho hosts the annual bullfighting fair Señor de los Milagros (Feria Taurina Señor de los Milagros) every October and November.
Visit Acts of Faith to learn more about Señor de los Milagros.

The season congregates the best bullfighters in the world who come attracted by the main trophy: El Escapulario de Oro (The Scapular of Gold).

If interested in Peru's taurine history and traditions, don't miss the Taurine Museum, next to the arena.
The museum exhibits suits, trophies, paintings and pictures.

Please Note:
In Lima, bullfighting is "Spanish style", meaning the fight lasts until the death of the animal, so the whole performance - even though colorful - it might not be for the faint of heart.
In addition, as we all know, bullfighting is a very controversial affair that attracts friends and foes to provably the same extent.

Beyond opinions and preferences, it plays an important role in Latin American culture since the times of the Spanish conquest, particularly in Peru, Colombia and Mexico.

Note 2:
Carlos Gamero Esparza, one of our kind readers, has pointed that Plaza de Acho is not the oldest bullfight ring in South America but the one in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), almost one century older.

Note 3:
Jorge Arancivia, pointed that Plaza de Acho was inaugurated in January of 1776, and the one in Cartagena (Colombia) was built between 1853 and 1857. The bullfight ring of the Real Maestranza dates back to 1730, while the one in Ronda, to 1782.

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The following images, captured in Plaza de Acho are solely intended to provide you with another angle of South America's culture and traditions, and not necessarily endorsed by us here at Unique South America Travel

Plaza de Acho:

How To Get To Lima:

Through Jorge Chavez International Airport, about half an hour driving from the historic center of Lima.
It also services national flights.

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