Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin

Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin, Huaraz

Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin

Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin
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Two Sets of Ruins; Three Level Stone Mausoleum over 1000 years old.
Sep 2018
Wilcahuain is large, multi-chambered stone Wari mausoleum dating from around 900 CE. The largest building sits on the flank of a hillside above Huaraz city. The building is of three levels, each level entered from a different side of the building. A rounded roof tops the structure. The all stone construction is supported by interior walls making up the many chambers on each level. There are substantial internal passageways providing ventilation throughout the building. The three levels are thought to have represented three primary realms common to Wari and other cultures of western South America: the underworld, where the dead nurtured their descendants, the world seen by humanity, and the world of the heavens, where deities dwell. These physical locations may have some bearing on where within the structure, specific persons mummified remains were placed. the exact situation of Wari mummies in Willkawain is speculative since the contents were robbed in the colonial period and very few Wari mummy bundles have been found and examined in situ. Outside the main chamber is a small satellite stone building that is thought to have been a place for a watchman or caretaker. There is also a small museum. A few hundred yards away is a second site, Ichik Willkawain, with several smaller mausoleums. There are great views of the mountain tops. We toured both sites our first afternoon in Huarez as part of a multi-day tour with WH Tours out of Lima (we had a driver and an excellent guide as part of that tour.) Without a formal tour, I'd recommend a taxi from town and a guide or background reading to make the visit more enjoyable.

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hoosierM
Martinsville, IN90 contributions
Two Sets of Ruins; Three Level Stone Mausoleum over 1000 years old.
Sep 2018 • Friends
Wilcahuain is large, multi-chambered stone Wari mausoleum dating from around 900 CE.
The largest building sits on the flank of a hillside above Huaraz city. The building is of three levels, each level entered from a different side of the building. A rounded roof tops the structure. The all stone construction is supported by interior walls making up the many chambers on each level. There are substantial internal passageways providing ventilation throughout the building.
The three levels are thought to have represented three primary realms common to Wari and other cultures of western South America: the underworld, where the dead nurtured their descendants, the world seen by humanity, and the world of the heavens, where deities dwell. These physical locations may have some bearing on where within the structure, specific persons mummified remains were placed.
the exact situation of Wari mummies in Willkawain is speculative since the contents were robbed in the colonial period and very few Wari mummy bundles have been found and examined in situ.

Outside the main chamber is a small satellite stone building that is thought to have been a place for a watchman or caretaker. There is also a small museum. A few hundred yards away is a second site, Ichik Willkawain, with several smaller mausoleums. There are great views of the mountain tops.

We toured both sites our first afternoon in Huarez as part of a multi-day tour with WH Tours out of Lima (we had a driver and an excellent guide as part of that tour.) Without a formal tour, I'd recommend a taxi from town and a guide or background reading to make the visit more enjoyable.
Written October 21, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Geoff M
10 contributions
Pre-incan Archeological Site
Jul 2017 • Friends
Went with a local trekking guide for a much more informed understanding of the sites. While the adjoining museum is good there were no guides on site so having our own knowledgeable guide helped.
Written June 12, 2018
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Dawn L
Eugene, Oregon, United States119 contributions
Different construction than other Peruvian ruins
Jan 2018 • Family
This is definitely an interesting site to see pre-Inca ruins of very different style/structure than other sites we visited.
Written January 22, 2018
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Explore709579
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Cool Daytrip from Huaraz
Jul 2017 • Friends
Really nice ~1.5 walk from the center of Huaraz, and just outside of the ruins there's a beautiful mirador on a hill. Fascinating that such old structures are just outside of the city! If you've got a free few hours, I'd recommend it!
Written July 21, 2017
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Ignace D
Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium762 contributions
Nice way to get used to higher grounds
Oct 2016 • Friends
We took a taxi up to the ruins for 20 s. We were dropped of at the entrance where we paid 5s/p to get in. No one spoke any English (our fault, we should speak Spanish) so we didn't know or were told there were two parts. The ruin itself usn't mindblowing compared to the other sites in Peru. We walked down encountering locals preparing for a traditional party. We were summoned to join but we didn't as we wouldn't be able to communicate anyhow. I am happy we didn't read about the robbery of the tourists beforehand as I wouldn't havd felt very safe knowing that.
Written October 12, 2016
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Tom M
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A great spot to visit
Sep 2016 • Solo
I went there by myself. Took a taxi from town 15/s and I was so happy I didn't walk up! The way up is quite long and steep. Entrance is 5/s. there are some cute kids there offering to be your guide :)
I personally didn't want one. There are some explanations on the wall in English and Spanish. After the first site you walk up the hill for 10min to the other site. I found the second one nicer. Maybe because I was by myself but just sitting and soaking the tranquillity of the place was great. Coming back I took the walking trail back to Huaraz which Starts right at the buttom of the upper site. The first part of the trail is amazing. Walking through by a creek in between the fields and the mud brick houses. I think at some point I took a wrong turn and ended up on the main road going down to Huaraz. I kept on walking but you could grab a combi or a taxi back. There are plenty of them. Also I didn't feel unsafe at any point quite the contrary. I was gritted by beautiful and gentle people on the way. Enjoy!
Written September 24, 2016
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AmootiNMB
Lima, Peru5 contributions
Low key but fascinating
Feb 2016 • Family
Personally, I found the experience of entering a 1200 year old long-house to be extremely compelling. The stone work is simply extraordinary and I think these ruins are somewhat under rated. OK - they do not match Machu Picchu or Kuelap in terms of 'wow' factor but what you do get is an insight into an even older culture and I think this is well worth a half day trip. The surrounding area is also quite beautiful.
Written July 28, 2016
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kakadumtb
Salta, Argentina7 contributions
Dangerous place. Do not go there. If you have to go, go by taxi or bus.
Jul 2016 • Friends
We took a taxi to the ruins. There are two sets of ruins within about 10 mins walk from each other. We went to the lower ones first and on the way to the second, we started talking to a group of German tourists who had just been robbed of everything by men with guns.
Very soon came a great display of Police activity - cars with sirens and flashing lights out of which came men with imposing uniforms- braid, badges and weapons. If we had decided in the upper ruins first,mth at would have been us. Why do I get the impression it will just be a case of "round up the usual suspects"
We hightailed it out of there in a taxi. The places were deserted on the way down. no person outside where on the way up it had been a hive of activity.
The ruins themselves, the lower ones as we didn't see the upper ones were ok but nothing to write home about. The info in the info centre was much more interesting.
Written July 17, 2016
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Travelingsteph123
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Far away, dangerous to get there and not really worth it
Jul 2016 • Friends
We went one Sunday morning, catching an almost falling apart taxi. Once there, there was a small museum with some interesting information about the site and local history. The tombs were interesting to explore (although lacked information and were a bit samey) and the scenery was pretty, but not really much going on.

However, as we left, we were headed up the hill to see the other ruins when a group of German backpackers warned us not to go us there as they had just been robbed by men with guns, who were very aggressive and were lucky to leave with lives.

We were incredibly fortunate, as we had been planning to walk that very road up the hill, but in light of this information, we took the next taxi back to Huaraz.
Written July 17, 2016
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ForesterLady
Seattle WA86 contributions
Somewhat interesting walk from Huaraz
Jun 2016 • Friends
We took this walk for acclimatization right from our guesthouse in Huaraz. It was an interesting route through the outskirts of town and a view into real Huaraz life. The ruins weren't particularly large or interesting but enough of a destination to be worthwhile for a half-day walk.
Written June 20, 2016
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