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updated listing Via Via
During the 80's and early 90's, Ayacucho was mostly under control of the Sendero Luminoso, an extreme leftist terrorist group (orliberation group, depending on your point of view). After the
successful anti-terror fights under president Fujimori, the influence of the Sendero Luminoso decreased almost completely. In the recent years, some singular activities have come up again. The area of Ayacucho is declared as ''zona de emergencia'' (emergency zone), but the only practical restriction for normal tourists seems to be the recommendation not to travel in the area during night time.
Daily '''buses to and from [[Pisco]]''' the same well paved road. (6h)
Daily '''buses /colectivos to and from [[Huancavelica]]''' offer 2 3 alternatives(note: 1. dirt roads may be impassible in the rainy season):# The direct way via colectivo to Julcamarca, a second colectivo to Lircay , and a third colectivo to Huancavelica (dust roadall dirt roads) or 2. via With luck and an early start, you could make it through in one day. Basic accomodation is available in Julcamarca and Lircay, if necessary. # Via Rumichaca and St. Ines. Take a morning bus along the main road from Ayacucho to the coast until Rumichaca (paved and in good condition), and then catch a bus to Huancavelica (departure 11AM10:30 AM, dust dirt road). The landscape is unique and impressive, the very most part of it is between 4000 and 5000 m above sea level.# Take the morning bus to Huancayo, get off at Izuchaca (8-10 hours) where the dirt road becomes paved, and then catch onward local transport to Huancavelica (~1 hour). The above three options also work in reverse. However, the bus from Huancavelica to Rumichaca leaves at 4:30 AM.
Daily '''buses to and from [[Andahuaylas]]''', run by Molina, Wari (leaves at 5AM) and others (at least 10 rough hours). The dust road is partly in very poor condition, but the magnificent scenery is more than a compensation for that.
*'''Don't miss the best hamburgers ever''', served by the street vendors near the plaza at night. Perfect drunken food. You should get the 'triple'. You can get it with a cheap thin hamburger, egg, hotdogs, potatoe sticks, olive mayonase. It is recommended to get it "sin lechuga" (without lettuce) as lettuce is supposed to particularly harbor micro-organisms. Don't eat too many.
*<eat name="Via Via" alt="" address="" directions="On a balcony overlooking the Plaza opposite the cathedral" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good coffee. Safe salads and some interesting mains make this a place to head for. The views and frozen Naranjada are excellent. Popular with well to do locals as well as the few gringos LOL! in these parts. Free WiFi. Nice atmosphere.</eat>
On the road towards the bus station, some places offer nice but simple double rooms for less than 20 soles, and 13 soles for the use of only one bed.
You can stay at the Plaza Hotel for as long as you need.
*'''Hotel La Crillonesa''', one block from the main Mercado and just a few from the Plaza de Armas, Nazareno 165. They ask for 50 Soles for a room with private bathroom and double bed, but may accept lower offers. Rooftop terrace (great view), cafe, cable TV in most rooms, 24hr hot water, friendly service. You may like being near the market and the bustling pedestrian-only street that goes by it.
*<sleep name="Hostal Florida" alt="" address="Jr Cusco 310" directions="" phone="312 565" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">is a good option for budget travelers. Nice views from the top rooms and they offer WiFi during the day and sporadically at other times. A matrimonial room is 50 soles with bathroom, while a single is 35 soles with private bathroom. (But can be negotiated lower). Note that showers are electric - i.e., not truly hot. Note that breakfast is not included in the price despite what they may tell you over the telephone. UPDATE: We stayed at this hotel in May 2010 based primarily on the recommendation here. We had However, some travellers report a number of items of value are stolen from our their room including a laptop in this hotel, and laptop. The when reported, owners became becoming very unpleasant when we reported this to them. Luckily we always keep our passports on us or this would have ruined our trip. Avoid this hotel at all costs.</sleep>
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