Attractions

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…
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…
Convent in Concepción

Santa Rosa de Ocopa

From Concepción, a village halfway between Jauja and Huancayo on the izquierda side of the valley, you can travel to charming Ocopa, home to the famous Santa Rosa de Ocopa convent. Admission is by 45-minute guided t…
Ruins in La Unión

Huánuco Viejo

These extensive Inca ruins perch on a swathe of barren pampa (pampas grass) at 3700m. It’s a two-hour trek on a steep path from behind the market via a water storage facility. Mini-vans leaving from the market place…
Ruins in Huánuco

Temple of Kotosh

This temple ruin is also known as the Temple of the Crossed Hands because of the life-sized mud molding of a pair of crossed hands, which is the site’s highlight. The molding dates to about 2000 BC and is now at Lim…
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…
Observatory in Tarma

Astronomical Observatory

Tarma is high in the mountains and the clear nights of June, July and August provide ideal opportunities for stargazing, though the surrounding mountains do limit the amount of observable heavens. A small astronomic…
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…
Ruins in Andahuaylas

Sondor

About 15km past the end of Laguna de Pachucha in the municipality of Pachuca stands the imposing hilltop site of Sondor, constructed by the Chanka culture. The Chankas were traditional enemies of the Incas, but evid…