The Central Highlands Sights

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Ayacucho 12

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Tarma 4

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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, one block from the Plaza de Armas, you'll see the colonial-style Casa Ruiz de Ochoa. The intricate 18th-century...


  • 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

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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 nearby mountain towns. It's a good place to browse for...

Ferrocarril Central Andino

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

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...

Iglesia La Merced

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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


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