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Peru: Ayacucho
25 Jan 2014

Ayacucho is a cute town built in a valley of the Peruvian mountains. It was our stopover for one night as we acclimatized to the elevation on our way to Cusco.

We didn’t get to explore too much of the city, sadly, because we spent most of the afternoon here napping, though what we did see left us with a good impression. Particularly the night life in Ayacucho was active, with plenty of bars and clubs, and crowds of young Peruvians walking everywhere.

Arrival

Jan 25, 2014

from Lima, Peru

Departure

Jan 26, 2014

to Andahuaylas, Peru

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Ayacucho, Peru

Friday, January 24, 2014 15:32

Do

Mirador de Ayacucho

From wikitravel:

Between the central market and Santa Clara church, on Jr. Grau, take the No. 15 minibus (1 sol) to the village of Huascura at the top of Picota Mountain (the one with the big illuminated white cross), then ask for directions to the “Mirador de Ayacucho”, take the dirt road uphill from the bus stop about 20 min until you reach the white cross. The view is spectacular. You can walk back down (about 1-1.5 hr) by the stone staircase near the chapel. (You can also take a taxi up for s/8-10)

Shopping

  • High quality wool and alpaca tapestries.

Sleep

Hostal Florida

  • Jr Cusco 310, ☎ 312 565
  • 50 soles/private

Get from Ayacucho to Andahuaylas by bus

To get there from Ayacucho take a bus (about 4hrs). Bus companies are located around each other: Expreso turismo los chankas: pasaje careces 150 or ave mariscal andres avelino caceres 921

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Bussing from Lima to Ayacucho

Friday, January 24, 2014 21:06
TimeLocation
9:01PMIn a cab to the bus terminal.
9:16PMArrived at the terminal.
9:29PMChecked our bags in and waiting in line.
9:42PMBoarded and waiting to leave. We’re in front row seats!
9:46PMAnd we’re off!
10:50PMWe’re playing bingo!
7:11AMDescending into the city of Ayacucho!
7:23AMArrived!
TotalsTotals
Total bus time9:25

Luna Azul

Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:17

Stayed here for one night as we acclimatized to the elevation change. The rooms are clean and there’s plenty of hot water. We paid 40 soles for the night, but there are undoubtedly cheaper places in town.

Restaurant Marisa

Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:32

We had seafood here for lunch. It was a bit pricey (about 4x the normal 6/7 sole lunch) and decently tasty, but not really worth the price.

Cafe Charly

Saturday, January 25, 2014 13:29

Had a coca mate here to attempt to pick myself up from the effects of the altitude here. Didn’t make any noticeable improvement over the course of the day, though from what I understand I’d have to drink heaps of the stuff to get any effect.

Tuk-Tuks!

Saturday, January 25, 2014 21:11

There are so many tuk-tuks here! Makes it feel like we’re in Asia rather than the mountains of Peru.

Chifa Chi-Jong

Saturday, January 25, 2014 22:29

Had some good Chinese food here. The pineapple chicken was really tasty but the pollo rollado wasn’t as good. They were also playing action movies on TNT so we spent about an hour making up lines to movies we could see but not hear.

Bussing from Ayacucho to Andahuaylas

Sunday, January 26, 2014 06:44
TimeLocation
6:00AMWoke up.
6:31AMBreakfast in bed!
7:05AMGrabbed a tuk-tuk to the bus station.
7:17AMBoarded.
7:39AMAnd we’re off.
1:05PMArrived.
1:25PMFound a hostel.
TotalsTotals
Total bus time5:26

Arrival

Jan 25, 2014

from Lima, Peru

Departure

Jan 26, 2014

to Andahuaylas, Peru