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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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Day Trip to the Pre-Inca Ruins of Chavín from Huaraz

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A "must-see" when Chavin

An absolutely fabulous opportunity to learn about Peru's past. Exploring the site without a guide provides you with more flexibility and time to visit the underground chambers.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Huaraz, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An absolutely fabulous opportunity to learn about Peru's past. Exploring the site without a guide provides you with more flexibility and time to visit the underground chambers.

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Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Very well conserved site of 3500 years old so clearly pre-Inca. We visited on our own, hired a local guide who spoke English and were show around this magnificent site. It is very well preserved and proves one more time that Peru has so much more to offer than only Machu Picchu. To be highly recommended for the history enthusiasts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Please be aware that the museum, which I hear is excellent, is still closed for repairs. I did the tour from Huaraz which I believe is pretty similar no matter who you book with: you get a bus with a guide. All tours from Huaraz are in Spanish. Likewise if you get your own guide at the ruins they may... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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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