Overnight at Hotel DM Ayacucho or similar. (B, L)
After breakfast we will visit the pre-Inca ruins of Wari and Pampas of Ayacucho. In 1550, the chronicler Pedro Cieza de León recounted the discovery of several monumental structures whose architecture differed from previously discovered Inca structures. He was describing Wari, the capital of the first Pan-Andean state, from the pre-Inca period (between 600 and 1000 A.D.). Wari is an example of urban planning using pre-Hispanic engineering techniques. The urban core, which spanned some 1,000 acres and at its peak was home to some 40,000 inhabitants, was strategically located in a position with rapid access to the coast and the inland jungle, mid-way between the northern and southern mountain ranges, where they established administrative centers and colonies.
After lunch, we will continue to Quinua, a village located 25 miles from Ayacucho, where pottery is the town’s main activity. The quality of the red and cream-colored clay lends these works a unique characteristic. Here we will visit the workshops of Victor Huaman Quinua, Mamerto Sanchez and Artemio Poma.