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Archaeological Site of Chavin

Chavin de Huantar, Peru
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Once a place of worship, these ruins have been traced to one of the earliest known Andean cultures.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Once a place of worship, these ruins have been traced to one of the earliest known Andean cultures.
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sandycreek
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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 

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Trujillo, Peru
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 

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New York City, New York
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166 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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 

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 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.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Definitely a worth while day trip from Huaraz. The 3 hour trip has magnificent views of the southern part of the Cordillera, restaurants in Chavin are worth their money and the ruins are quite impressive and different from Incan ones.

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Especially since the journey is through such magnificent mountains. The site is just amazing! Many thanks to Stanford for restoring it! A The town is charming, and the museum, built by the Japanese in a safer location about a mile down the road, is fabulous.

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Crested Butte, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I enjoyed it all. Make sure you have an English guide, otherwise its a waste of time. This culture is amazing as well as the preservation of the site. Pablo Tours was great and Gloria is an awesome guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The ruins were interesting and nice to see pre-Incan buildings but it was a 10.5hr day from Huaraz for less than 2 hours at the ruins

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Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Archeological site of Chavin de Huantar is a place that you should visit if you are in the Huaraz area. The tour takes the full day, and the road is not the best. Beware that the road climbs to 4500 meters (14700+ feet), starting from 3000 meters (10000 ft) at Huaraz. The tour buses stop at a lake (can't... More 

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