We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Archaeological Site of Chavin

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Chavin de Huantar, Peru
Description: Once a place of worship, these ruins have been traced to one of the...
Once a place of worship, these ruins have been traced to one of the earliest known Andean cultures.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 182 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Yet another interesting non-incan site...

The place is at about the same height as Huaraz (2,400 m) but you have to go via a pass that's 4,500 m high. But you don't have to exercise until you get to the site. It is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
HJ_Kooy
,
The Hague, The Netherlands
Add Photo Write a Review

182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
The Hague, The Netherlands
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The place is at about the same height as Huaraz (2,400 m) but you have to go via a pass that's 4,500 m high. But you don't have to exercise until you get to the site. It is a non-Incan site, with quite a few interesting details. TIP: either pack a lunch (the place you'll visit after the site and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Angeles, Washington
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

None of the guide books mention the road beyond the tunnel uniting the two valleys. It's paved from Huaraz through the highlands, then turns rocky and rutted on the other side. On the return trip, our driver stopped so we could all tip the father, whose small children were filling pot holes. We crossed a 14,000 ft pass to reach... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lima, Peru
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This ruin is possibley the most under-visited monument in Peru. Given that Chavin is one of the original and oldest sites (pre-Incan) of indigenous shamanism on the continent, you'd think people would be jumping at the chance to check it out. However, most people don't even know it's there. The monument was devoted to plant medicine shamanism (Wachuma) and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
60 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

As the ruins are only partially excavated, they are not as spectacular as the site once must have been. However, the site is generally in a good condition, considering the buildings date to 1300 BC. There is only one of the heads left that circled the larger temple, but the others one can see (photography forbidden) in a nearby museum... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Monterey Peninsula, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We took our GMC Acadia (AWD all the time) to Chavin de Huantar and had a fantastic experience. First, the drive is gorgeous and breathtaking. After you go through the tunnel, the road maintenance is poor and most of it is potholes and dirt/gravel. Not a problem for my vehicle, I found that 20 mph was the sweet spot for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
sandycreek
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I was a bit disappointed with site- probably because the tour company we went with only had a spanish speaker and her accent was s strong there were even some spanish speaking people who couldn't understand her. I just wandered away and did my own thing. At the end she spoke to us in english so she had known all... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Trujillo, Peru
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I'd highly recommend taking one of the local bus companies to get there, unless you don't mind being part of a large tour group. I especially recommend this if you go early in the morning because you'll beat the the tour groups and have the place to yourself. Either way, it's a long, uncomfortable ride to get there. I went... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
239 reviews 239 reviews
167 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

One of the best sites I visited in Peru. Even though the Lanzon is displayed very poorly, with a protective glass 6 feet away one can't see no detail whatsoever. That was the only disappointment as I really wanted to see it. Access to all points of significance such as the Circular Plaza, the Main Portal Gates is severely restricted... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I have visited ruins all over Peru: coastal ruins and mountain ruins. I have seen Machu Pichu, Ollantaytambo, Kuelap, Sipan, Chan Chan, Sasquaywaman, and dozens more. I think Chavin might be my favorite ruins. Great energy, beautiful carvings and artwork, excellent history, and a lot of uniqueness. We found a recommended Huachumero in town named Martin, who used to live... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Bradford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The site itself is fascinating and you can see that the famous Inca culture took a lot from the Chavin culture. Sometimes the guides don't have a lot of knowledge so it is a good idea to read about the site before you go. The museum is full of interesting exhibits. I wish I could have spent longer there.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Archaeological Site of Chavin also viewed

Chavin de Huantar, Ancash Region
 
Huaraz, Ancash Region
 

Been to Archaeological Site of Chavin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Archaeological Site of Chavin and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Archaeological Site of Chavin staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?