Ayacucho is a Peruvian city located in the central highlands of the country. Few foreign tourists come here to visit its towns and natural wonders, especially if it is their first time in Peru.
How to get to Ayacucho?
To get to Ayacucho from Lima you can do it with a rental car, the trip takes about 6 hours. The good thing about going with a rental car is that the whole trip is very beautiful, with beautiful landscapes and you can stop at your own pace.
Once in Ayacucho, you will need transportation to go around, so it is the best option. You can arrive by bus, the trip takes about 10 hours. It makes a couple of stops to go to the toilet and rest.
Now comes the question, how many days to spend in Ayacucho? Ideally, you should spend at least 2 full days in Ayacucho. Especially if you want to visit the TOP places in Ayacucho that are located on the outskirts.
While you visit this place you may want to upload photos to Facebook, Instagram or VK. You also will need to keep in touch with your relatives uploading photos. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to avoid high roaming costs. In order to make a nice trip, here in PeruSIM, we made this article about the 7 places you must visit in Ayacucho.
1. Walk the streets of Ayacucho
Its Baroque style cathedral is located in the same square, look for the colonial style houses of Baza and Solis, do not forget to stop at the monastery of Santa Teresa of the Discalced Carmelites, go to the neighborhood of Santa Ana to know the local crafts and you can do some souvenir shopping and if you want to see beautiful views of the city and watch the sunset you can do it from the viewpoint of Acuchimay. The triumphal arch of the city is very nice and if you have time there are several museums.
2. Vilcashuamán and Pumacocha
The archeological complex of Vilcashuamán was a city of great political importance in the 15th century. What stands out the most is the trapezoidal square, of a great size, which can gather 20,000 people. You can also visit the ancient Temple of the Sun. Just above the temple they built a Catholic church, which contrast with the Inca ruins is very noticeable, although it seems to have fit perfectly.
You can take an excursion to visit Inca archeological sites in the area. In the archeological complex of Pumacocha you can see the architectural remains of what was a resting place for the upper classes of the Inca culture. In the enclosure highlights the tower, the remains of the palace and the sundial or Intihuatana.
3. La Picota Viewpoint
This viewpoint is located on the outskirts of the city almost 5 kilometers from the main square and it will take you about an hour and a half to get there on foot. From here the views are spectacular!
From here there is a zip line, but we found it closed for maintenance. I was really looking forward to it! If you visit the city and go for it, send me a photo.
The walk is nice, but if you don’t feel like walking or are short on time you can always get there by cab for a few soles.
4. Qorihuilca Canyons
Visiting the Qorihuilca Canyons is one of the most fun activities. Once you arrive at the rock formations and crevices of the canyons you will begin a two hour hike. Where you will enter the crevices, between huge rocks, climb through them and sometimes even need the help of a rope and harness to pass some accesses.
5. Visit the town of Quinua
Just 25 kilometers from Ayacucho is the town of Quinua. In itself the population does not have much, are 4 cobbled streets with a very authentic air and mainly noted for its crafts, especially pottery. But a few minutes outside the town is the historic sanctuary Pampa de Ayacucho.
6. Wari Archaeological Site
Here are the remains of the first Andean civilization that developed between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. There are the remains of the main palace, tombs and subway passages. And you can also visit the museum, where there are many pieces that were found during the excavation. There are remains of handicrafts where you can appreciate its origin from the Wari culture.
If you feel like doing a tour, there is an option that includes this site, the visit to Quinua and the historical sanctuary Pampa de Ayacucho.
7. The Turquoise Waters of Millpu
This place is quite far from Ayacucho, about 120 kilometers. But it is absolutely worth it to get here.
The turquoise waters of Millpu are a total of 20 pools in turquoise and green (depending on the time of year).
The color of its waters is produced due to sunlight and minerals carried by the river.
The best time to visit the Turquoise Waters is between May and September, when it is the dry season and there is less chance of rain. With the rains, the color of the waters becomes more turbulent and green. In the dry season is when you will be able to appreciate the intense turquoise color of the waters.
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