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Archaeological Site of Chavin

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Address: Chavin de Huantar, Peru
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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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Querococha Lagoon and Chavin de Huantar from Huaraz
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Day Trip to the Pre-Inca Ruins of Chavín from Huaraz

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Great visit!

I really liked this archaeological site. It is kind of a long way from Huaraz (around 3 hours) and the road is super curvy. We went there on the 28th, which is a national holiday... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked this archaeological site. It is kind of a long way from Huaraz (around 3 hours) and the road is super curvy. We went there on the 28th, which is a national holiday and maybe that's why it was super crowded. Our guide, Giovanni did a really good job explaining and teaching us. He used his tablet to... More 

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Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

You will NOT see Chavin de Huantar by accident on the way to somewhere else! There is "nowhere else" beyond Chavin de Huantar, at least none that would interest the casual tourist (or even the hard-core archaeology tourist like me). You have to want to see this site. We (my driver and I) got to the front gate at about... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The site exceeded my expectations. Our guide for the site was a shaman. He knew a lot about the history and had really interesting insights into how to interpret the site. It really sparked my interest in the ancient ruins in northern Peru. It is not easy to get to but it was worth the bone jarring journey from Huaraz.... More 

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Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

The third day of our tour of Northern Peru, with Peru Routes, was, once again filled with beautiful scenery The gorgeous white capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range being the star of the show. Today we embarked on the arduous drive to see Chavin de Huantar, the ancient temple on the Eastern side of the Cordillera range. While... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

The archeological ruins of Chavin not only have historical importance for being one of the oldest archeological sites in Peru, but also becuase they are located in a beautiful valley. I just wished they would not have taking some of the sculptures out of the walls.

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Lima, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

This archeological place is amazing... Our guide Richard Camones was the best!!! The arquitecture and the complex have many interesting places to show, but some of them are covered for the mud.... The museum was close and it will be until March 'cause the archeologist of the siete are using for a while to save new discovering of the área...... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Having previously visited the Pastoruri Glacier with Mony Tours in Huaraz, where we were entirely satisfied with the level of service provided and more importantly the safe driving of the vehicle to get us there, we opted to go with them again to the archaeological site of Chavin. Our vehicle was a Mercedes Sprinter van equipped with seatbelts, however it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

The very long and winding drive from Huaraz was well worth the effort. This was one of my favorite sites in northern Peru. Worth reading up on to get as much from the visit as possible. We queued to see the Lanzon as there was a school party before us but it's a must. Truly atmospheric. Unfortunately there wasn't time... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

It's was one of the best way to experience and to know the pre-incas civilisation.Although it's was a long day drive from huaraz but it worthy to acknowledged one of the oldest civilisation around.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

very interesting and impressive ruins with fantastic system of tunnels. The journey from Huaraz is long and the road is very rough. if you are into ancient ruins this place is very cool

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