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Southern Peruvian Andes

The Southern Peruvian Andes is a picturesque region known mostly to the outside world as the birthplace and center of operations of the Sendero Luminoso, or “Shining Path,” a communist guerrilla organization that terrorized Peru in the 1980s and 1990s. Today the Shining Path is barely visible, making it possible once again to visit the region and its beautiful colonial city, Ayacucho.

Arguably the best feature of the Southern Andes region is that the area has not decided to focus exclusively on tourism. Sure, there is a reliable tourism infrastructure, but the towns and villages are not overrun with options. The Southern Peruvian Highlands has gorgeous mountains dotted with enough lakes, scenic views and bumpy roads to last a lifetime. The villages scattered throughout the countryside are not often visited by tourists, and still exist and operate largely the same as they have for centuries.

Since locals often lead simple lives, visitors are afforded amenities that locals rarely enjoy. Despite this, the residents are still likely to invite tourists to participate in the various celebrations and festivals that continue to flourish. This is the best part of the Southern Peruvian Highlands: you can wind your way through the towns without feeling intrusive, but at the same time, you won't feel like you’re just another tourist.









24 Feb 2012

Things to do in the Southern Peruvian Andes

Semana Santa in Ayacucho

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Latin America’s most important religious holiday, begins on Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Sunday. Ayacucho’s celebrations are amongst the most traditional. ...
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Ayacucho, Peru

The High Train (Lima-Huancayo Train)

All aboard one of the most famous trains on Earth.The journey from Lima to Huancayo has been called \"The Highest Train in the World.\" It serpentines from the capital city at 100 meters (328 ft) ...
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Huancayo, Peru

JunĂ­n National Reserve

More than 100 species of aquatic and land birds can be found in Lago Junín, Peru’s second largest lake, making it a very popular destination for birders. Twenty different rivers and 12 streams ...
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JunĂ­n, Peru

El Tren Macho

El Tren Macho clacks alongside the RĂ­os Mantaro and Ichu toward Huancavelica. It is the only real local train left in all of Peru and is often referred to as the \"Highest Train in the World\" due ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Barrio Santa Ana

Barrio Santa Ana—a brief walk from Ayacucho\'s Plaza Mayor, following Avenida Grau—is a funky artisan community known for its local arts and crafts. The center of the neighborhood is Plazuela de ...
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Ayacucho, Peru

Southern Peruvian Andes Hotels

Susan's Hotel

136611Located in front of Plaza Huamanmarca and the local Municipalidad, this hotel is basic, but clean and comfortable, with nice views from the upper floors of the nearby blue dome of the Iglesia de ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Hotel Turismo

112602Located in the heart of Huancayo on Plaza Huamanmarca, Hotel Turismo offers first-class accommodations for travelers and business people alike. The rooms are tastefully decorated, with heating, ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Hostal BaldeĂłn

112571For shoe-string travelers, Hospedaje Baldeon is one of the most affordable options in town. Conveniently located near the Catedral, this family-run hostel offers very basic, tiny rooms with slightly ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Hotel Marquez de Valdelirios

102953Built in 1947, this charming colonial-style hotel across from Plaza Mayor offers quiet rooms built around a central grassy yard. The main lobby has a regal feel with gold accents and a chandelier, ...
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Ayacucho, Peru

Hostal Virrey

Although not located on its namesake\'s street, Hostal Virrey can be found on the interesting street Sebastian Barrana. Visible by its large “Hosedaje” sign hanging from the second floor, Hostal ...
Hotel
Huancavelica, Peru

Hotel Presidente

Seated at the heart of Plaza de Armas is the castle-like Hotel Presidente. This hotel has the distinction of being the most expensive hotel in town, and has a large lobby filled with antiques, a ...
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Huancavelica, Peru

Hotel Samary

Located a few blocks from Plaza Mayor is the clean, basic Hotel Samary. With three floors of single, double and triple rooms, this large spacious hotel nearly always has a room open for those looking ...
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Ayacucho, Peru

Hostal La Portada

Located in front of Santa Domingo Church on Jr. Virrey Toledo is Hostal La Portada. This 31-room hostel offers rooms with private and shared bathrooms. Rooms with a shared bathroom are a basic ...
Hotel
Huancavelica, Peru

Hotel Santa Rosa

One of the largest and most expensive places to stay in town, Hotel Santa Rosa is a giant maze of a hotel. The reception desk is easy to miss and located in a room to the right after the first ...
Hotel
Ayacucho, Peru

Hotel los Balcones

Large, plush well-maintained leather sofas, potted plants and clean tile floors welcome guests in the lobby of Hotel los Balcones. This spacious, five-floor hotel has WiFi throughout the building and ...
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Huancayo, Peru

La Casa de la Abuela

Clean, safe and friendly, La Casa de la Abuela has a game room, bar area, library, cable TV with DVDs, dining room and communal kitchen. The hostel has eight rooms, each with private bathrooms, and ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Highlights of the Southern Peruvian Andes

Ayacucho

102949A lost jewel of a colonial city, Ayacucho is a flourishing cultural community located in the remote Peruvian Andes. Although it is a favorite of Peruvians, it is often overlooked by tourists, who are ...
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Ayacucho, Peru

Huancavelica

136559Known as the “Pearl of the Andes,” Huancavelica is a small mountainous town that attracts the rare intrepid traveler who is willing to make the journey into these remote highlands for a real ...
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Huancavelica, Peru

Huancayo

102956Characterized by clusters of non-descript concrete buildings and streets crowded with buses, Huancayo is a visually unspectacular town. What it lacks in optical allure, however, it more than makes up ...
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Huancayo, Peru

Hualhuas

Hualhuas is a small town, 12 kilometers (7 mi) miles to the north of Huancayo, known for fine weaving. The style and materials used here are very traditional. Visitors will find a wide array of ...
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Hualhuas, Peru

San Jerónimo de Tunán

A quaint village 16 kilometers (10 mi) to the north of Huancayo, San Jerónimo de Tunán is known for artisans who specialize in making silver jewelry. Peruse the few shops scattered throughout town, ...
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San Jerónimo de Tunán, Peru

Cochas Grande/Cochas Chico

Mates burilados-or carved gourds-are the attraction in the small towns of Cochas Grande and Cochas Chico. If you\'ve been traveling around Peru for a while, you\'ve probably already seen these ...
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Cochas Grande/Cochas Chico, Peru

JunĂ­n

With a population of about 5,000 people, the tiny town of JunĂ­n is surprisingly the jumping off point for the second largest lake in Peru: Lago del JunĂ­n. Although most tourists breeze past the ...
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JunĂ­n, Peru

Huánuco

Situated on the Upper Huallaga, northwest on the road from Junín, the city of Huánuco serves as the capital of the Huánuco Department. The bustling city is crowded with fast-food joints, hotels ...
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Huánuco, Peru

Andahuaylas

Andahuaylas rests midway between Ayacucho and Cusco (24 hours by bus to each), and serves as a popular stopping off place for travelers who want to recharge and spend the night in order to enjoy the ...
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Andahuaylas, Peru
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