Eating

Food in the mountains here is commonly misconceived as basic by foreigners, but this region boasts some nuanced dishes, fabled throughout Peru. Huancayo's papas a la huancaína (potatoes in a delicately seasoned creamy cheese sauce, served with boiled egg and olives) and Ayacucho's puca picante (potato-and-beef stew in a spicy red peanut-and-pepper sauce) are standouts.

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Sleeping

You won't find overly fancy places to stay in Peru's Central Highlands, but there are some accommodation jewels here. Among the most notable are Tarma's tranquil haciendas, Ayacucho's colonial lodgings and some of Tingo María's hotels, ensconced in tropical grounds.

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