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 past few years, WMF’s team in Peru has been involved with two major projects: the restoration of the facade of the MALI Museum thanks to a grant from the European Union and the landscape design and urban renovation of the Parque de la Exposición, made possible by the real estate company Inversiones Centenario.

Between 2021 and 2022, WMF Peru received support from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) from the U.S. Department of State for its work on Cerro Sechín’s stone slabs. WMF also used its Crisis Response Fund to support the restoration of the historic church and tower of La Jalca Grande, which had suffered major damage following a devastating earthquake. In addition, the team joined efforts with local and international partners to preserve Kuelap Fortress after the collapse of a section of its south wall due to heavy rains. On the other hand, the Regional Office of the Ministry of Culture in Cusco started restoration work at the church of the San Francisco de Asís de Marcapata after years of collaboration on the technical dossier alongside WMF, the Society of Jesus, and the Marcapata Parish.

In 2023, WMF Peru focused on conservation work at Los Pinchudos and Gran Pajatén, cultural heritage sites inside the Río Abiseo National Park. In addition, thanks to The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust and American Express, alongside our local partner Instituto de Montaña, WMF Peru launched a project at the Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape centered on the rehabilitation of an ancestral water system to tackle water scarcity, one of the main consequences of climate change in the region.

Today, WMF Peru continues to support the projects integrating heritage, landscape, and local development while improving the quality of life of the communities around cultural heritage sites.

WMF Peru Board of Directors

  • Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni, President
  • Martha Zegarra Portella, Vice President
  • Annick Benavides Workman
  • Bénédicte de Montlaur, ex-officio
  • Juan Pablo de la Puente Brunke
  • Xavier de Romaña Benson
  • Elizabeth Dulanto de Miró Quesada
  • Claudia Ganoza Temple
  • Marcela Ganoza Temple
  • Lorna B. Goodman, ex-officio
  • Manuel Ugarte Maggiolo


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WMF Peru
Av. Grau 629 int. Y
Barranco, Lima 04, Perú
+ (511) 477-1063
In Focus

Featured Projects

Rio Abiseo, Peru
Active Project

Río Abiseo

Isolation from the outside world may have preserved Rio Abiseo’s rich architectural heritage until now, but sites are at risk of being lost unless urgent preservation is undertaken.
View of the ancient ruins of Kuelap, Peru.
Active Project

Kuelap Fortress

Amazonas, Peru
Kuelap, one of the largest ancient monuments of the Americas, was a fortified citadel in northern Peru on the slopes of the Andes.
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.
Entrance to the Huaquis town in the Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape of Peru, 2021.
Active Project

Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape

Miraflores District, Peru
Ancient pre-Inca water management systems and sustainable tourism planning are crucial for an Andean community to adapt to climate change and provide local economic benefit.
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.
Fortress, January 2011
Completed 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.
View of MALI Museum in the Parque de la Exposición, 2018.

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.

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.

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.