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Ayacucho

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City of Churches

Ayacucho remains best known for its 33 churches, with one to represent each year of Jesus' life. While the area was inhabited by various indigenous cultures for thousands of years, the city was officially established by Francisco Pizarro in 1540. Relatively isolated and in many ways disconnected from mainstream Peru, the city was the center of the Shining Path revolutionary movement in the 1980s and 1990s. This spirit of separateness and identity has carried on in less destructive ways in recent times, with major Ayacucho attractions modernized in a way that's sensitive to the area's colonial heritage. With well-maintained cobblestone streets and nicely decorated architectural sites sitting alongside newer developments, Ayacucho tourism is poised to burst onto the world scene in a very big way. Use our Peru road trip website to arrange your visit to Ayacucho and other destinations in Peru.
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Where to stay in Ayacucho

The colonial-era streets of Ayacucho house atmospheric and sensitively restored hotels and family-run inns. Larger hotels built in recent times provide a wider range of facilities and services, including pools, restaurants, and bars. Informal and budget-friendly guesthouses fit in neatly with the look of private homes and stores on the residential streets in town, providing particularly good options for budget-conscious visitors who want to delve into the rich culture of everyday Ayacucho.
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