Peru

Established in 2014, WMF Peru serves as a local representative for WMF, assisting with project management and outreach.

 

WMF first became involved in Peru in 1997, when a call to develop a conservation and urban rehabilitation plan for a twelve-block stretch in Cusco's Historic Center. Three years later, a group of local personalities led by Marcela Temple founded the Committee for Conservation of Peru’s Heritage Sites, to support WMF’s growing involvement there. Its inaugural project at Huaca de la Luna was supported by a $1 million grant through the Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage. In 2014, the Committee became WMF Peru, establishing WMF’s affiliate office in the region.

Over the years, WMF Peru has carried out important recovery projects for historical and archaeological monuments including the Huaca de la Luna Archaeological Site, the San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas Church, and the Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex. Through these projects, the affiliate has established partnerships with public, private, and academic sectors and the surrounding communities of each project where it works, especially those in rural areas.

On the occasion of WMF’s 55th anniversary in 2020, WMF Peru initiated two site-recovery projects related to commemorative celebrations of Peru’s Bicentennial of Independence. These projects include the restoration of the facade of the MALI Museum, with a grant from the European Union, and the landscape design and renovation proposal of the Parque de la Exposición, made possible by real estate company Inversiones Centenario’s donation and the upcoming execution by INVERMET, the investment fund of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima.

In 2021, WMF Peru received a grant from the U.S. Department of State through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to work in Cerro Sechín to restore its stone slabs and engage with the communities in Casma. More recently, WMF provided funds from its Crisis Response Program to recover the church and tower in La Jalca Grande, which suffered the consequences of a devastating earthquake.

Today, WMF Peru continues to support cultural heritage projects facing challenges related to climate change, imbalanced tourism, underrepresented heritage, and post-crisis recovery.

WMF Peru Board of Directors

  • Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni, President
  • Martha Zegarra Portella, Vice President
  • Annick Benavides Workman
  • Juan Pablo de la Puente Brunke
  • Xavier de Romaña Benson
  • Elizabeth Dulanto de Miró Quesada
  • Claudia Ganoza Temple
  • Marcela Ganoza Temple
  • Manuel Ugarte Maggiolo

 

In Focus

Featured Projects

Fortress, January 2011
Active Project

Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex

San Rafael District, Peru
Chankillo was built as a fortified temple complex over 2,300 years ago in the coastal desert of Peru, near the Casma-Sechín river basin.
Conserved facade presentation and celebration, January 18, 2012
Completed Project

Huaca de la Luna

Trujillo/La Libertad, Peru
Huaca de la Luna, or Temple of the Moon, was part of the ancient Moche capital built of millions of adobe blocks between the first and eighth centuries AD in northern Peru.
Main façade of the Lima Museum of Art, 2018.
Completed Project

MALI Museum - European Union Bicentennial Commemoration

Lima, Peru
The Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) is housed in the historic Palacio de la Exposición in Lima, built to host the Lima National Exhibition of 1872 and one of the earliest iron-built masterpieces of Peru.
View of MALI Museum in the Parque de la Exposición, 2018.
Active Project

Parque de la Exposición

Lima, Peru
Located in the heart of Lima, the Parque de la Exposición was built in the mid-nineteenth-century Guano era and is home to two major museums: the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) and the Museo Metropolitano de Lima.  
 Ancient terraces near the church in Chinchero, 2017.
Active Project

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cusco Region, Peru
A community demands inclusive and equitable solutions as construction of a new airport threatens a rich cultural landscape near Macchu Picchu.
Active Project

Cerro Sechín

Casma, Ancash, Peru
Conservation work and updated visitor amenities are essential for the proper management of Cerro Sechín, an ancient Andean civilization.
Active Project

La Jalca Grande

La Jalca, Peru
In January 2022, WMF announced funding to support emergency response and restoration efforts in the Peruvian town of La Jalca Grande, struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake.
Active Project

San Francisco de Asis de Marcapata

Municipality of Marcapata, Peru
The church of San Francisco de Asís exemplifies the “Andean baroque,” a form of architecture that emerged from the intersection of Spanish and local culture during the colonial period.
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Completed Project

Cerro de Oro

Cañete Valley, Peru
A monumental archaeological site seeks sustainable development solutions as it contends with looting and encroachment.