Oct 16, 2012
Apr 20, 2013
The main event that occured during our stay in Ayacucho was a parade, which lasted for a couple of hours and celebrations with fireworks continued throughout the day. There were hundreds of indigenously dressed men and women, who danced along the streets in the parade. There were also bands and people ringing cow bells or who had bells attached to their legs. Hundreds of people also showed up to watch the parade and enjoy the spectacle. Teenagers seemed to think it was a good time to have a water fight and we saw loads of them with water balloons throughout our stay.
We spent three days in Ayacucho, which was a fairly big city, with (apparently) 33 churches and cathedrals, and a large main plaza area. It had a really pretty, friendly, relaxed feel to it and we enjoyed spending time here. There was a nice restaurant overlooking the main square, which had some delicious treats, including proper coffee and a half decent chocolate brownie. We spent quite a lot of time working on the bikes and getting ready for the next stint of our trip, which is known to be notoriously difficult. It will cover 600km, with four ascents over 4000m, and then back down to 1500-2000m, mainly on dirt road. We have lots of information though and are prepared to camp and be self sufficient if necessary. After this, we will arrive into Cuzco and have a fair amount of time off the bikes, to explore some of the tourist sights.