Keep in mind that long lunches are usually taken in Ayacucho around 1-3 p.m., so be prepared as many stores close daily during this time.
Portal Municipal 45, or the Huamanga City Hall, is home to the Ayacucho tourist office, which is on the Plaza de Armas (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tel: 318-305). The friendly employees will happily give you great information as well as maps and brochures of Ayacucho and most other towns in Peru. There is also a tourist information booth in the airport for those flying in. Sede Central Polic铆a Nacional del Per煤 is located at Jir贸n 28 de Julio 325 (312-055/316-245; open 24 hr); the number for emergencies is 105. There is also a tourism police station at Jir贸n Dos de Mayo 100 (Tel: 317-846).
The streets lining Plaza Mayor are where the majority of banks, ATMs and currency exchange booths are located. BBVA Banco Continental (Portal Uni贸n 24 and Jr. 9 de Diciembre) has multiple ATMs, which accept Visa and Plus cards. Banco de Cr茅dito ATMs are further down on Portal Uni贸n and accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Maestro and Plus cards.Keeping in Touch
There are numerous Internet caf茅s along the street Portal Constituci贸n, one of the largest being Internet el Huego, at Portal Constituci贸n 9. El Huego offers 15 computers, copy machine, faxes, CD, DVD, MP3 and MP4 burning, and four international and domestic Movistar calling booths. For more copies services, try Jir贸n 28 de Julio near Calle Corcovado, an entire block of copy stores where a copy runs for about $0.05 each. One of the only services not available in the plaza is the post office, Serpost El Correo del Peru, which is located on Jir贸n Asamblea 295 (daily 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.).
Hospital Regional Ayacucho is located at Avenida Independencia 355 (Tel: 312-180, URL: www.hospitalayacucho.org) and can take care of any medical emergencies. The Mifarma is a well-stocked pharmacy at Calle Portal Constituci贸n 02-03.
Arco Iris is a laundromat at Jir贸n Bellido 322 that provides dry cleaning and drop off washing. Laundry service is done within 24 hours, but sometimes longer, so plan ahead.