The Central Highlands Sights

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Ayacucho 12

Huancayo 7

Huanuco 7

Huancavelica 5

Tarma 4

Concepcion 1

Quinua 1

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Baños Termales de San Cristóbal

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Locals believe that these hot-spring mineral baths, found in the tree-covered slopes north of town, have healing powers. Hundreds of...

Capilla de la Merced

  • Historic District/Site

In front of the Río Shulcas, the Capilla de la Merced is a national monument marking where Peru's Constitutional Congress met in 1830...

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...


  • 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...


  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Tarma sits at more than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) but is a stone's throw from the ceja de selva (high jungle), where many of Peru's...

Convento de Santa Rosa de Ocopa

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Originally a Franciscan foundation whose role was to bring Christianity to the Amazon peoples, the 1725 building now has a reconstructed...

Feria Dominical

  • Market/Bazaar

The Sunday Feria Dominical market attracts artists and shoppers from all the mountain towns. It's a good place to browse for local crafts—although...

Ferrocarril Central Andino

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The Central Highlands' Ferrocarril Central Andino once laid claim to being the world's highest rail route. With the 2006 opening of China's...

Gruta de Guagapo

  • Cave

Head northwest of Tarma 28 km (17 miles) to Palcamayo, then continue 4 km (2½ miles) west to explore the Gruta de Guagapo limestone...


  • 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...


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