Must-see attractions in Central Highlands

  • Iglesia de La Ascensión

    The red-and-cream facade of this 17th-century church is thought to show traces of Moorish influence.

  • Iglesia de Santa Ana

    The city's first church, sporting a maroon-and-white color scheme and dating from 1576.

  • Arch

    The pretty southern entrance to the historical center of Ayacucho.

  • Prefectura

    Most of Ayacucho's old mansions are now mainly political offices and can be visited, usually during business hours. These offices of the department of…

  • Cathedral

    The town’s cathedral is modern (1965), and it contains the remains of Tarma’s most famous son, Peruvian president Manuel Odría (1897–1974). He organized…

  • Museo Salesiano

    Displays fauna epitomizing Peru's three contrasting geographic regions, plus pottery and archaeology exhibits. What is there is well-presented, but it…

  • Cathedral

    Huancayo's cathedral presides over one side of the Plaza de la Constitución. The largest church in the city, it contains a few paintings from the escuela…

  • Cathedral

    Huánuco's main cathedral is sadly not much of a looker, but not ugly enough to detract from the agreeable Plaza de Armas that it faces.

  • Iglesia de La Merced

    Second-place in Huánuco's church beauty contest doesn't take too much effort; still, congratulations to Iglesia de La Merced.