Ayacucho is described as "a colonial gem of the Andes rivalling Cusco for majesty." (Photo: Internet)Ayacucho is described as "a colonial gem of the Andes rivalling Cusco for majesty." (Photo: Internet)
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011 chose the Andean city of Ayacucho, in Southern Peru, as one of the ten greatest comeback cities in the world.
“Now it’s a colonial gem of the Andes rivalling Cusco for majesty,” reads the description of Ayacucho in the Lonely Planet’s website.
Thirty years ago Ayacucho was the birthplace of Sendero Luminoso -Shining Path-, the Maoist terrorist organization that decimated Peru for decades.
“The turnaround in Ayacucho has been monumental: paved roads only reached here in 1999. Since then tatty house facades have been spruced up and streets pedestrianised to get that idyllic, untouched-by-time feeling flowing again through the city,” assures Lonely Planet.
“A cluster of chic-but-cheap hotels and restaurants have opened too, all in complete harmony with the buzzing colonial vib,” concludes.
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The other nine cities chosen by the famous travel website are Berlin (Germany), Beirut (Lebanon), Asmara (Eritrea), Glasgow (Scotland), León (Nicaragua), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Volgograd (Russia), Yellowknife (Canada), and Belgrade (Serbia).