Ayacucho, land of artisans, is internationally known for its local art, for an example, the pottery of Quinua, carvings in ‘huamanga stone’ and its very well known altar pieces from Ayacucho, that originally were a representation of small portable nativities and nowadays include diverse themes related with traditional mountain people. Ayacucho is one of the most outstanding architecture and artistic developments nation wide. It is well known as the “City of Churches”, because of its colonial temples, and as “Ciudad Senorial” for its architecture, tradition and art.
The city has more than thirty colonial temples pertaining to the Renaissance, baroque and half-breed or mestizo styles, with truly artistic works such as paintings, statues and beautiful altar pieces craved in wood and gold leaf, besides its majestic colonial mansions and important archaeological attractions to visit, for example: the Archaeological Wari and Vilcashuman Complexes.
In the same way, its festivities and carnivals are National Cultural Heritage; and the ‘Semana Santa’ celebration or Easter is the second important festivity world wide.
Local gourmet cuisine from Ayacucho is excellent. Among its more appreciated dishes are ‘mondongo ayacuchano’, which is guts casserole and ‘puca picante’, over potatoes and peanuts seasoned and the roast pork.