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Archaeological Site of Chavin

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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.
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One of the oldest pre-incas

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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120 reviews 120 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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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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Port Angeles, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

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Lima, Peru
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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42 helpful votes 42 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 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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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 

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sandycreek
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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 

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Trujillo, Peru
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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 

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New York City, New York
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170 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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
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 

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Address: Address: Chavin de Huantar, Peru
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Ancash Region  >  Chavin de Huantar

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