It's a bit of a secret city in regards to tourism, located midway between Paracas and Cusco. The ancient city is home to a stunning 33 historic churches, an impressive collection of indigenous handicrafts, and some of the most epic outdoor adventures in Peru. Hurry up and get here before the word gets out!
One of Peru’s most devastating civil conflicts had its roots in Ayacucho, a city high up in the mountains. For decades the area wasn’t safe for locals, much less for visitors, but the city has spent the better part of this millennium recovering from its violent scars. Now, tourists will find a tranquil Andean city with beautiful colonial architecture, highly skilled textile and handicraft producers, and the county’s -- and perhaps one of the world’s -- best Holy Week festivals, all with an authenticity that its isolated location has helped to preserve.
This city has not had an easy life, and most of the current residents remember all too well the violence and pain of the recent past. But that doesn't mean that this city hasn't come back to life in a lot of ways. This is a great place to get to explore life in the highlands of Peru. It's just as beautiful as Arequipa, but without all of the tourist crowds. Make sure you check out all of the places where the handicrafts that this city is famous for (woven textiles, Huamanga stone work, retablos, etc.) are made, eat the many delicious regional dishes (Qapchi, puca picante, etc.), and relax with the city's fun and laid-back nightlife - karaoke, anyone?
love it... i would go again, specially for "semana santa" and carnavals.