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Chavin De Huantar

Chavin De Huantar (Peru)

Practical information about Chavin De Huantar

  • Viewpoint
  • Lake
  • Archaeological Site
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3 hours by bus from Huarez
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Chavin De Huantar

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181 travel articles

An unmissable archaeological site in the Ancash region and the astronomical and religious centre of the Chavin civilisation.

My suggestion:
Find a (really) experienced guide to tell you about all the recent discoveries about the Chavin culture and the site in question; your visit will then be even more amazing.

If you are going by Huaraz on your holiday in Peru,a visit to the arhaeological site at Chavin de Huantar is a must. As for all the excursions in the region, an organised tour, in this case starting with a cup of maté de coca and a stop at the laguna at Queracoha, is the easiest and most economical option. It's also possible to get there via a three day trek from Olleros, which looks really lovely.

Having a fair bit of time to explore the area, I chose to stay in a village nearby for a few days and find a guide whilst I was there. The temple decorations are truly superb, but be aware that you shouldn't expect to find a very large site here. However, it's mainly when you go inside the buildings that the place comes into its own. Here you'll find a maze of corridors and galleries where the acoustics are so truly stunning that they are still much-studied even now.

Many mysteries are still waiting to be unravelled about this civilisation, one of the oldest in South America. But this in no way spoils the visit, which is truly exciting.

A Chavin carving