Top Choice Church in Ayacucho


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

Museo de Arte Popular

The popular art here covers the ayacucheño (natives of Ayacucho) spectrum – silverwork, rug- and tapestry-weaving, stone and woodcarvings, ceramics (model churches are especially popular) and the famous retablos (or…
Top Choice Museum in Ayacucho

Museo de la Memoria

In an unlikely location 1.5km northwest of the center is Ayacucho’s most haunting museum, remembering the impact the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) had on Peru in the city that was most deeply affected by the confl…
Museum in Ayacucho

Museo Andrés Avelino Cáceres

Housed in the Casona Vivanco, a gorgeous 16th-century mansion. Cáceres was a local man who commanded Peruvian troops during the War of the Pacific (1879–83) against Chile. Accordingly, the museum houses maps and mil…
Museum in Ayacucho

Museo Arqueológico Hipólito Unanue

In the Centro Cultural Simón Bolívar at the university, located more than 1km north from the city center along Independencia – you can’t miss it. Wari ceramics make up most of the small exhibition, along with relics…
Ruins in Ayacucho

Wari Ruins

Sprawling for several kilometers along a cactus-forested roadside are the extensive ruins of Wari, the capital of the Wari empire, which predated the Incas by five centuries.
Palace in Ayacucho


Most of the old mansions are now mainly political offices and can be visited, usually during business hours. The offices of the Department of Ayacucho (the Prefectura) on the Plaza de Armas are a good example. The m…
Church in Ayacucho

Templo de San Cristóbal

This is the oldest city church, dating from 1540.
Church in Ayacucho

Iglesia de Santa Clara

Attracts thousands of pilgrims annually for the image of Jesus of Nazareth supposedly inside.
Church in Ayacucho

Iglesia de La Merced

Dating from 1550, full of colonial art and with one of Peru’s oldest convents (1540) attached.