I like Ayacucho.
We arrived in Ayacucho in the morning, with nowhere to stay for the week of Semana Santa. We knew this wasn’t a good idea but assumed we’d find somewhere if we spent the first day looking. We almost didn’t, everywhere was fully booked from the cheapest to the most expensive hotels. Luckily we found a small hostal that seemed the be clean with friendly staff.
My first impression of Ayacucho is that it is everything I wish Cusco was. In Cusco I disliked the lack of authenticity, people hassling me and people trying to cheat me. Ayacucho is more calm, with a more friendly people, a nicer atmosphere. In a full day, no-one has yet tried to sell me anything.