The Central Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Casa Ruiz de Ochoa

  • Museum/Gallery

Across from the Iglesia Merced on the Plaza de Armas, you'll see the colonial-style Casa Ruiz de Ochoa. The building houses an art gallery...

Catedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The twin bell towers of Ayacucho's Catedral, built in 1612 by Bishop Don Cristóbal de Castilla y Zamora, crown the Plaza de Armas. Step...

Huari

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The wide plains that make up the 300-hectare (740-acre) Santuario Histórico Pampas de Ayacucho are scattered with relics of the Huari...

Iglesia Santo Domingo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The 1548 Iglesia Santo Domingo is now a national monument. The first bells ringing out Peru's independence from the Spanish after the...

La Compañia de Jesús

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

You can't miss the ocher-color, baroque-style exterior of this Jesuit 17th-century church. The towers were added a century after the...

Museo Cáceres

  • Museum/Gallery

In Casona Vivanco, the 17th-century Museo Cáceres honors Andrés Cáceres, an Ayacucho resident and former Peruvian president best known...

Museo de Arqueología y Antropología Hipólito Unánue

  • Museum/Gallery

Regional finds from the Moche, Nazca, Ica, Inca, Canka, Chavín, Chimu, and Huari cultures are on display at here, at the Centro Cultural...

Palacio de Marqués de Mozobamba

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Built in 1550 and now the home of the Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts), the Palacio de Marqués de Mozobamba is one of the...

Prefectura

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Also known as the Boza and Solís House, the Prefectura, is tucked into a 1748, two-story casona historica (historic mansion). Local...

Vilcashuamán and Intihuatana

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Four long hours south of Ayacucho on winding, unpaved roads is the former Inca provincial capital of Vilcashuamán, set where the north–south...

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