Ayacucho attractions

Top Choice Church in Ayacucho

Cathedral

This spectacular 17th-century cathedral on the Plaza de Armas has a religious-art museum inside. The moody facade doesn’t quite prepare you for the intricacy of the interior, with its elaborate gold-leaf altar being…
Top Choice Museum in Ayacucho

Museo de la Memoria

Ayacucho’s most haunting museum, remembers the impact the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) had on Peru in the city that was most deeply affected by the conflict. Its simple displays (in Spanish) are moving: there are…
Top Choice Museum in Ayacucho

Museo de Arte Popular

Displays popular art covering the ayacucheño (natives of Ayacucho) spectrum – silverwork, rug- and tapestry-weaving, stone and woodcarvings, ceramics (model churches are especially popular) and the famous retablos (…
Ruin in Ayacucho

Wari Ruins

Sprawling for several kilometers along a cactus-forested roadside are the extensive ruins of Wari, the capital of the eponymous empire, which predated the Incas by five centuries. The site occupies a beautiful, peac…
Art Studio in Ayacucho

Casa Museo Joaquín López Antay

This captivating little museum is really part art gallery and part an explanation of the process of retablo making. Retablos, ornamental, originally religious dioramas, are notoriously complex, as is demonstrated he…
Museum in Ayacucho

Otto Malena

Officially a restaurant, this surreal Aladdin's Cave is more a museum of curios than anything else, for the owner is primarily a collector of magical things. Artifacts, paintings and busts (some quite rare) are dist…
Church in Ayacucho

Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis

Visually striking stone church containing retablos (ornamental religious dioramas) and an attractive adjoining convent dating to the 17th century. Located opposite the market, it boasts the city's largest bell, and …
Plaza in Ayacucho

Plaza de Armas

One of the prettiest plazas in the Central Andes, flanked by many gorgeous mansions, including the Prefectura. Ask at the tourist office for details on how to visit these buildings.
Ruin in Ayacucho

Vilcashuamán

This former Inca stronghold was once considered the geographical center of the Inca empire. It was believed to have been a city constructed in the shape of a falcon, and housing at its peak a 40,000-strong populatio…
Museum in Ayacucho

Museo Arqueológico Hipólito Unanue

Wari ceramics make up most of the small exhibition here, along with relics from the region’s other various civilizations. The museum buildings are set in a botanical garden in the Centro Cultural Simón Bolívar at th…