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Archaeological Site of Chavin

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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.
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Great experience, landscape, good knowledge

I had a blast .. it takes whole day, it is very hot, you walk a lot, very informative we learn a lot ...I wish there was more to be seen and discovered....there are so many closed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I had a blast .. it takes whole day, it is very hot, you walk a lot, very informative we learn a lot ...I wish there was more to be seen and discovered....there are so many closed spaces under investigation..I left me dissapointed.

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

UNESCO world heritage site. Built 800BC, this monolithic temple is in great shape for age. The artwork is mostly in the museum across town, but the twisty confined dark tunnels, the creepy tenon god, the amazing views from on top of the temple make this a great visit. Up there with Kuelap and Ollantaytambo as 2 of my faves in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Chavin. WOW! What a surprise. I went to Huaraz for trekking and my friend stumbled upon a review of the site and we went on a lark. It was amazing. First, the drive. You go over a high mountain pass to get in to the valley. The drive from Huaraz is spectacular if not a bit hair raising as you... More 

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Lima Region, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Beautiful and very interesting. Although you have to know your body well if whether or not you get high altitude sickness because on the road to Chavín you can go through very high areas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Chavin is located in Huaraz,the landscape is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen .You can visit La Cordillera Blanca, Yanacocha Lagoon (OMG, the color of the water is turquoise, is absolutely blue sky. Finally you don't run out of even more surprised when you see the archaeological remains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We went on a day trip from Huaraz, arranged by our hostel. Around 3 ours in the van with a couple of stops for pictures and one at the Querococha lake for coffee. The ruins are not huge about ground, but the galleries underground are incredible. The visit keeps the "lanzón" for the end as a hidden suprise, don't miss... More 

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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 

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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 

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Lima, Peru
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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 

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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 

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