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If there is a place in Peru capable of concentrating emotion and religiosity, that is Ayacucho. On this journey we will discover the city of Ayacucho who opens its doors to us as one of the colonial cities with the highest number of churches, it has over that 30! Ayacucho, where the independence of the South American continent was sealed, is the site of the second most important Holy Week celebration in the world. Not in vain, the city of Ayacucho is famous for its religiosity and architectural structures of the colonial type, and for what it is known as “The city of the Churches”. Join us on this incredible journey of five days and four nights to discover this incredible city!
In the morning, our transportation will pick you up from your Hotel and start our journey going to the turquoise waters of Millpu, located 3 hours away of Ayacucho by bus. At our arrival, we will witness the paradise created by nature, finding over 20 turquoise and green pools (depending of the season). The color of its waters is produced due to the sunlight and the minerals that the river carries. This treasure of nature combined with the vegetation of the Peruvian highlands forms a landscape worthy of a paradisiacal postcard. We will hike through the river canyon until we reach the Millpu Falls, the place where this natural phenomenon is born. There will be time to lunch (not included on package) before we head back to the city of Ayacucho. Arrival to Ayacucho and end of the tour day.
Today we will visit the Plaza Mayor and the Colonial Houses such as Castilla y Zamora, Boza y Solís and Velarde Álvarez. The Boza y Solís house is where a very famous character of the Independence of Peru was held prisoner; we talk about the heroine and martyr María Parado de Bellido. Also, we will visit three temples: Santo Domingo, Cathedral Basilica and Santa Teresa temple, and continue with the visit of the Archaeological Museum Hipólito Unanue, the Santa Ana Artisan Quarter and the weaving and stone carving workshops of Huamanga, Finally, we will stop at the Acuchimay viewpoint to enjoy the view of the city of Ayacucho. End of the tour day.
On our third day, we will depart towards the province of Huanta, to visit the Pikimachay cave located 24 km (14 miles) north of Ayacucho. In this place, we will find evidence that humans inhabited this area approximately 15,000 years ago. Then, we will continue our tour visiting the colonial bridge of Ayahuarcuna, built with lime and stone in 1771. In addition, we will pass through the main attractions of the city of Huanta: the Plaza Mayor, the Iglesia Matriz and the Obispo de Piedra. Finally, we will stop at a beekeeping center to taste honey and some typical drinks, made from fruits of the region. Return to Ayacucho and end of the tour day
We begin our fourth day leaving the city of Ayacucho, heading south until we reach our first stop, the archaeological site of Pumaqocha. On the way, we will be able to see the famous Puya de Raimondi, a very special plant native of the highlands of Peru and Bolivia. Then, we will continue the road until we arrive to the citadel of Vilcashuamán, one of the most important archaeological sites historically due to its antiquity. In the place, we will find a temple of the sun and the moon, the main plaza in commemoration of the Inca Pachacutec, and Ushno, an Inca pyramid used as a ceremonial place. Return to Ayacucho and end of the tour day.
On our last day, we will head towards Colpa, a small town located 31 km northeast of Ayacucho. We will walk to reach a beautiful waterfall called “Paqchaccucha“, and then continue to the hot springs, a perfect option to relax, enjoy nature and breath the purest air of all. To end our day we will head on direction to the Quinoa Pampa, to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Quinoa Pampa. Its main objective is to protect the natural and historical heritage of the scene where the Battle of Ayacucho took place, a fight that sealed the independence of America from the Spanish Empire. The Sanctuary is located on an elevated plain with a certain slope, which, in addition to being the natural and historical setting for the Battle of Ayacucho, houses the monument built in memory of the fallen heroes. Due to its privileged geographical location, it is a natural viewpoint from where you can observe the beautiful landscapes of the Ayacucho countryside. Return to Ayacucho and end of the services to continue with another destination or side trip.
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