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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 International in Ayacucho

Via Via

With its upstairs plaza-facing balcony, Via Via has the best views with which to accompany your meal in Ayacucho. It’s ethically sourced, organic food – but this is Peruvian-European fusion cuisine, so you’ll find s…
Top Choice Pizza in Ayacucho

Pizzeria Polizzi

Not all the culinary stars that shine in Ayacucho shine in the center. This pizzeria twinkles in a galaxy all of its own out on Av del Ejercito (although it's planning a second central branch). The food is superb bu…
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…
Top Choice Church in Ayacucho

Cathedral

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…
Religious in Ayacucho

Semana Santa

Held the week before Easter, this is Peru’s finest religious festival and attracts visitors from all over the country. Rooms in most hotels fill well in advances so book well ahead. The tourist office has lists of l…
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…
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…
Italian in Ayacucho

Mamma Mia

An exception pizza stop, manned by a Ukrainian, no less. He has pooled his extensive catering experience and come up with a truly atmospheric place where you can laze away the late afternoon with real coffee and gre…
Parrilla in Ayacucho

El Niño

In a colonial mansion with a sheltered patio containing tables overlooking a garden, El Niño specializes in grills yet dishes up a variety of Peruvian food. The individual parrillada (grilled-meat platter) is good, …