If you are looking for an authentic travel Peru experience and off-the-beaten-path destinations, Ayacucho and Peru Central Highlands will amaze you. For nature lovers, living culture, and avid photographers, this area offers some of the most beautiful, raw, mountainous landscapes in all of South America. Explore the snowcapped region of Ancash and delight yourself in hiking along the Huayhuash Mountain Range. Wander around the Nor Yauyos Cochas Reserve in the highlands of Lima, home to breathtaking sceneries and traditional Andean communities. Learn and take part in the traditions and folklore of the beautiful Mantaro Valley. Further south, the city of Ayacucho owns some of the best master craftsmen of the region, colorful festivities, and the stunning Sondondo Valley with hundreds of millenary terraces. Lastly, Apurimac, guardian to the unexplored stone-forest of Pampachiri and the glimmering lagoons of the Ampay National Sanctuary, offers a great alternative for nature lovers.