The 10 Best Things to Do in Ayacucho, Peru

September 21, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Ayacucho in Peru, from South America region, is best know for Churches & Cathedrals. Discover best things to do in Ayacucho with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Ayacucho

1. Basilica Catedral de Ayacucho

Plaza Mayor n_ 100, Ayacucho, Peru
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

Basilica Catedral de Ayacucho

Reviewed By Myriam1964 - Lima, Peru

Well located, it leaves you speechless. A must to visit and admire the art in architecture and paintings. Very spiritual.

2. Plaza Mayor de Ayacucho

Ayacucho, Peru +51 971 548 086
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Plaza Mayor de Ayacucho

Reviewed By Daniel E - Washington DC, District of Columbia

What I liked most about the plaza is that locals clearly take to it. There are armies of shoe-shiners, young and older couples, parents with kids -- all "despite" the iron fences around the lawns that prevent the latter from getting soiled. I also loved the view of the plaza from Via Via Restaurant's balcony at night.

3. Obelisco de la Pampa de la Quinua

Pampa de la Quinua, Ayacucho, Peru +51 951 793 895
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 461 reviews

Obelisco de la Pampa de la Quinua

Reviewed By GypsyKingBrussels - Brussels, Belgium

You have to try to imagine the battle that took place there, but there is nothing that actually refers to it except the fairly recent memorial. While this can be of interest to Peruvian or Bolivian nationals, for European travellers there are certainly more interesting sights around. The site is more of a tourist trap.

4. Ayacucho town

Plaza de Armas, Ayacucho, Peru
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Ayacucho town

Reviewed By Rob W - Dublin, Ireland

Not really affected by mass tourism, Ayacucho is a beautiful town a day from Cusco or Lima. The plaza , the many churches, the restaurants and reasonably priced hotels make Ayacucho worth visiting. It is also a great base to visit a beautiful nontouristy area of Peru, including Huancavelica, Andahuaylas, Pampachiri, Huancayo. There are good tour offices in Ayacucho that take you on day trips to ruins and parks.

5. Complejo Arqueologico Wari

Carretera Ayacucho-Quinua, Km. 23 | Pacaycasa, Ayacucho, Peru +51 66 312056
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 169 reviews

Complejo Arqueologico Wari

Reviewed By Llywinda - Lima, Peru

We are retired archaeologists and we went to Ayacucho specifically to visit Wari. It did not disappoint - but it's not for everybody. The little on-site museum is downright terrible, with very few artifacts and very little contextual information on what they do have. Signage around the site is also non-existent. There is nothing to tell you what you are looking at. A guide is probably advisable for most visitors, though you really have no idea if the guide will be informed or accurate. In fairness to all, there is relatively little published information about this capital of the massive Wari Empire. Definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in Peruvian prehistory and the great cities of the world.

6. Mirador turistico de Acuchimay

Carmen Alto, Ayacucho, Peru
Excellent
30%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Mirador turistico de Acuchimay

Reviewed By Myriam1964 - Lima, Peru

It is always included in the city sightseeings but I did not take my breathe away as every other sight that I visit. Still the Christ is spiritual and a picture is nice to be taken.

7. Museo de Sitio Wari

Carretera Ayacucho-Quinua, Km. 23 | Pacaycasa, Ayacucho, Peru +51 66 312056
Excellent
39%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Museo de Sitio Wari

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Located on a spot with fantastic scenery, the excavations are currently only very limited in extend. One can still easily see the several wavy walls in the landscape. Further is a round, presumably ceremonial, site excavated as well as partially the graveyard. Excavations are ongoing, like on many sites in Peru, and the site might become more interesting to visit with time. The Wari were a complex culture and the Inca´s would later use the road system started by them. The on-site museum has very little of interest, but the museum in Ayacucho house many finds.

8. Arco del Triunfo

Av. Vivanco No 100, Ayacucho, Peru
Excellent
23%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 98 reviews

Arco del Triunfo

Reviewed By Myriam1964 - Lima, Peru

I felt very excited when passing through this arc. Colors are nice, it is 2 blocks from the main square.

9. Museo de la Memoria

Prolongation Libertad 1229, Ayacucho, Peru
Excellent
45%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Museo de la Memoria

Reviewed By Sara A - Lima, Peru

The mothers of the disappeared have done a great job interpreting the time of terror for people from outside Ayacucho. The personal exhibits and stories are moving (sometimes gut wrenching) and the guide helps you to understand more about this formative period in Peruvian history. This is a 'must see' if you want to work or spend time in this area.

10. Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras Barbara D'Achille

Provincia de Lucanas | Provincia de Lucanas, Ayacucho, Peru +51 56 522770
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras Barbara D'Achille

Reviewed By metorresf

Pasamos por la reserva en nuestro camino a Andamarca. A la ida nos gustó tanto lo que vimos que decidimos parar en el museo a nuestro regreso. Lindos animales que se ven saludables y libres. Las alpaquitas se cruzan derepente por el camino. Los tienes super cerca.
El museo chico pero bien organizado.
Nos enteramos que hay un mirador de cóndores cerca y que en la reserva puedes pernoctar

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