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Chavín de Huántar

Archeological site

Chavín de Huántar

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, Chavín de Huántar is named for the culture which flourished in these mountains between 1500-200 BCE. This was a pilgrimage center for people throughout the Peruvian Andes. The stone architecture is rich with human and animals designs and decorations.

Chavín Cabeza Clavo

There is also a sophisticated ventilation and drainage system, which few cities around the globe had at the time.

Chavín Acoustic Ducts

There is a museum as well as the outdoor archeological site which merits a full day of sightseeing


It’s an arduous 8 hour drive from Lima. However, if you are visiting Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca, it’s a much easier 2 hour drive.

>1200: Pre-Inca Times

Huaraz & The Central Sierra

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper, tacowitte