A lovely city of central Peruvian Andes, important for the history of the continent and known for its folk craft, the vestiges of the colonial era and the "Semana Santa" (Easter week) most beautiful in the country
40 imagesThis city of peruvian central Andes is very important for the story of the entire continent, they fought here the last battle of independence of Americas. Nowadays, after the terrible time of Sendero Luminoso, Ayacucho is living a rebirh. It's a pleasant town with a nice small historical center. Its 33 churches are the city jewel as like as the main square with their secular houses. Local gastronomy and a local style to play classic guitar are other two interesting points of this city. But the most important is the artisanship, the popular artisanship. Belonging from a secular tradition, the local artisanship is made by "retablo" (Originally a portable altar nowadays a very coloured and plastic story) pottery of Quinua, "tabla de Sarhua" ( peinture on the wood) and the sculpture in local alabaster call Pedra de Huamanga, eveything is made in small domestic laboratories hidden between the historical center and suburbs.
43 imagesThe "Semana Santa" in Ayacucho is the most beautiful in all Peru, started ten days before Easter of resurrection, there are processions every evening that come with beautiful colonial churches of which the city is rich, feel and follow are a mix between scenery and faith that moves around the center of this charming historic Andean city. From Holy Thursday to Sunday morning is an apotheosis of religiosity and party that culminates in a white night where the main role is assigned to a giant "trend" of light representing the Easter resurrection and coming out in procession at dawn.