Trip Start Oct 27, 2012
Trip End Nov 02, 2012

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ViaVia Cafe Ayacucho
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Ayacucho is one of Peru's most beautiful cities. The air and streets are clean, it rains, the surrounding mountains are green most of the year round, the people are friendly and the colonial buildings and the city’s 33 churches make it a wonderful place to walk. Traffic in Ayacucho is not noisy and horrible like other places in Peru and I hope it stays this way. Ayacucho suffered badly during Peru’s years of terrorism as soldiers from the communist faction attempted to take control of the country during the 1980s and 1990s.

We stayed at Via Via Hotel and Café which is certainly the best place in Ayacucho to stay. It’s really popular so if you want to stay there you’ll need to book in advance. They also have a lovely restaurant that looks over the plaza.

On our first day in Ayacucho we took a city tour in the afternoon that visited a couple of churches and museums including the museum about the terrorism. It was so sad to learn about all the men, women and children who were tortured and killed and women who were raped etc during those horrible years. We also visited a well known artisan who carves artefacts from the white rock that is found in the surrounding area. We finished our tour by visiting the lookout at the top of the hill that overlooks all of Ayacucho and as it started to rain we got these great pics with the rainbow.

The following day we took the tour north to the 'Wari’ archaeological site then to the cute little town of Quinua where local artisans are famous for making lovely pottery figures. We then went up to the Pampa the Ayacucho which is a towering 44 metre high structure completed in 1968 to celebrate the joint victory of Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia in 1780 led by Simon Bolivar against the Spanish.

Ayacucho is one of the best places in Peru to buy pottery and alpaca wool wears like scarves, jumpers, bags and chullos (wool hats with the flaps that cover the ears). We spent our last day walking around the shops and markets buying stuff to take back home with us before taking the afternoon flight back to Lima with LCPeru.
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