Ayacucho, Cusco - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Ayacucho

Located high in the mountains of the Southern Sierra regions, Ayacucho has been closed off to the rest of the world for the last two decades. In the 1980s, an extremist group known as Sendero Luminoso(The Shining Path) took over the town as their base and held power for more than two decades. Only recently liberated, Ayaucho is an unknown gem in Peruvian tourism. A quaint colonial town with a number of pretty churches, Ayachuco is a great shopping destination, as many Peruvian souvenirs are made here. The best time to visit Ayacucho is around Easter, when the city's carnival celebrations are in full swing.

Spanish and Quechua are the official languages, but many other dialects are spoken. English is spoken only in major tourist centres and hotels.

The official currency is Nuevo Sol (PEN) divided into 100 céntimos. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, but all major international credit cards, including Diners Club and MasterCard, are accepted in many, but not all, establishments. Outside Lima facilities may be more limited. Travellers cheques may also be difficult to exchange in small towns and villages, and travellers are advised to have cash on hand. US Dollars are the easiest currency to exchange and plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops in the main cities accept dollars for payment. Casas de cambio(exchange bureaux) often give better rates than hotels and banks and can be found in any town on the tourist circuit. ATMs are available in the main cities.

Local time is GMT -5.

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