Monumento Nacional Wilkahuaín

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

This small Wari ruin about 8km north of Huaraz is remarkably well preserved, dating from about AD 600 to 900. It’s an imitation of the temple at Chavín done in the Tiwanaku style. Wilkahuaín means ‘grandson’s house’ in Quechua. The three-story temple has seven rooms on each floor, each originally filled with bundles of mummies. The bodies were kept dry using a sophisticated system of ventilation ducts.

Taxis cost about S20, or ask for a combi (minibus; around S1) at the bus stops by the Río Quilcay in town. The two-hour walk up to Wilkahuaín is an easy, first acclimatization jaunt and can be a rewarding glimpse into Andean country life, passing farms and simple pueblos (villages). Ask locally if it is safe before you set off.