Ayacucho is one of the most fascinating colonial cities in the Peruvian highlands.
The city stands at 9,010 feet or 2,750 meters above sea level and has played an important part.in Perus colonial and modern history.
Francisco Pizarro founded Ayacucho in 1539 as an intermediate stopover between Lima on the coast and the old Inca capital Cusco.
In 1824, combined forces from all over the Americas fought the epic Battle of Ayacucho on the Pampa of Quinua to drive Spain´s army out of Peru.
Ayacucho is also known as the "City of Churches" for its 38 houses of worship.
Every April the whole city takes part in Peru´s most spectacular Easter festival, which includes a week with dozens of processions and the running of the bulls through the city streets..
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