The Central Highlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Mines of Santa Bárbara


    This ghostly abandoned mine dates from 1563, when the discovery of mercury in the hills south of Huancavelica turned the region into a key cog...Read More

  • 2. Capilla de la Merced

    Historic District/Site

    In front of the Río Shulcas, the Capilla de la Merced is a national monument marking where Peru's Constitutional Congress met in 1830 and the...Read More

  • 3. Casa Ruiz de Ochoa

    Notable Building

    Across from the Iglesia Merced, one block from the Plaza de Armas, you'll see the colonial-style Casa Ruiz de Ochoa. The intricate, 18th-century...Read More

  • 4. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The twin bell towers of Ayacucho's catedral, built in 1612 under Bishop Don Cristóbal de Castilla y Zamora, crown the Plaza de Armas. Step inside...Read More

  • 5. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun in 1673, the Iglesia de San Francisco took nearly a century to complete. The dual white towers and red stone doorway—carved with regional...Read More

  • 6. Iglesia La Merced

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Romanesque Iglesia La Merced was built in 1566, possibly by the friar Diego de Porras. Colonial treasures include a silver tabernacle, paintings...Read More

  • 7. Iglesia San Cristóbal

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Fronting a landscape of steep, grassy mountain slopes, the Iglesia San Cristóbal, with its three-tiered bell tower, was erected in 1542, the...Read More

  • 8. Iglesia San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 16th-century Iglesia San Francisco, the city's second-oldest church, has Cusco School paintings and a few colonial-era antiques. Peek inside...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia Santo Domingo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 1548 Iglesia Santo Domingo is now a national monument. The first bells ringing out Peru's independence from the Spanish after the Battle...Read More

  • 10. La Compañía de Jesús

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can't miss the striking red trim on the baroque-style exterior of this 17th-century Jesuit church. The towers were added a century after...Read More

  • 11. Palacio del Marqués de Mozobamba

    Historic Home

    Built in 1550 and now part of the cultural center for San Cristobal de Huamanga University, the Palacio del Marqués de Mozobamba is one of the...Read More

  • 12. Pampa de Huánuco


    Also known as Huánuco Viejo, this was formerly the ancient capital city of Chinchaysuyo, the northern portion of the Inca Empire. These highland...Read More

  • 13. Parque de la Identidad Huanca

    City Park

    The focus of the beautiful Parque de la Identidad Huanca is the pre-Inca Huanca culture, which once occupied the area but left few clues to...Read More

  • 14. Parque del Cerro de la Libertad

    City Park

    An all-in-one amusement site 1 km (½ mile) northeast of the city, the Parque del Cerro de la Libertad lets you picnic in the grass, watch the...Read More

  • 15. Plaza de Armas


    Huancavelica's main gathering place showcases wonderful colonial architecture. Across from the plaza is the restored 17th-century cathedral...Read More

  • 16. Prefectura

    Historic Home

    Also known as the Boza and Solís House, the Prefectura is tucked into a two-story, 1748 casona histórica (historic mansion). Local independence...Read More

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