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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Ayacucho 10

Huancayo 8

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Huancavelica 5

Tarma 4

Concepción 1

Quinua 1

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Iglesia La Merced

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The Romanesque Iglesia La Merced was built in 1566 by Royal Ensign Don Pedro Rodriguez. Colonial treasures include a silver tabernacle,...

Iglesia San Cristóbal

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Fronting a landscape of steep, grassy mountain slopes, the Iglesia San Cristóbal, with its three-tiered bell tower, was the first local...

Iglesia San Francisco

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The 16th-century Iglesia San Francisco, the city's second-oldest church, has Cusco School paintings and a few colonial-era antiques.


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Considered to be one of South America's oldest temples, Kotosh, a 4,000-year-old archaeological site, is famous for the Templo de las...

Pampa de Huánuco

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Also known as Huánuco Viejo, this was formerly the ancient capital city of Chinchaysuyu, northern portion of the Inca Kingdom. These...


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This small village was the birthplace of Micaela Villegas, a famous mestiza entertainer in the 18th century and the mistress of Viceroy...