Welcome to Chavín de Huántar


Most visitors zip by on a day trip, ignoring the diminutive colonial town with its whimsical plaza and somnolent streets that sits somewhere on the charm-o-meter between gorgeous Chacas and slightly less gorgeous Huari. If you decide to overnight here, you can visit the impressive archaeological site in the early morning and have it all to yourself.


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$24 Day Trips & Excursions

Huaraz to Querococha Lagoon and Chavin de Huantar Day Trip

The tour start at 9:00 in the morning with a cultural tour where we will pass for some traditional towns like Recuay, Ticapampa, Catac, etc. where the guide will explain about the history and customs of each town. The first stop will be in Querococha Lagoon (3980 masl) which is 20 minutes approximately from where we're going to see in Pucaraju and Yanamarey mountain. Then we continue the tour and in the way we can see the natural formation of the map of Peru from an exact point. We'll pass the Cahuish Tunnel (4516 masl) and after 1-hour approximately we arrive to Chavin de Huantar to visit the archaeological center for 2-hours. Inside we visit the galleries, Lanzon de Chavin that is a big stone with 4.53 meters, Cabeza Clava in its original position, El altar de Choquechinchay, etc. After that we will have lunch in Chavin de Huantar Town for 1-hour and finally we will visit the museum where we can find many pieces like ceramics, cabezas clavas, etc. This museum join important pieces were found throughout the investigation.The tours finishes at 7:30pm approximately with hotel drop-off.

$70 Private & Custom Tours

Huaraz to Querococha and Chavin Ruins Private Full-Day Tour

Breakfast at Hotel depart at 8am from our private bus station, leaded to the millenarian capital of archaeology of Chavin de Huantar. We will start driving south side of Huaraz passing by typical viallages of Recuay 3300masl, cross the Santa river to left side a typical villages of Huacapampa, continue by eucalyptus trees passing the sheep herders villages. We join the paved highway, drive along the highlands full of pastures and straws and arrive at a small valley to visit the Querococha lake at 3980masl. Stop for photo of the beautiful landscape and continue up to highest pass of Tunel de Cahuish at 4500masl, an important point for hydrographical division where the west side water flows to the Pacific ocean and the east side water flows to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue by the narrow valley in zig-zag way getting the Rio Mosna by the flanks of the river arriving to the Archaeological site of Chavin. The ruins are located next to the modern district of Chavin. Arrive at 1pm and immediately go to a restaurant for lunch until 2pm. Then enter the castle of Chavin on a guided tour which takes place for about two hours. Inside the ruins you will visit many labyrinth rooms and in one of the main buildings are the Lanzon the Chavin a big stone carved remain of the Pre-Inkas, many places and things to visit and observe, such as Plazas, cavezas clavas main porch and among others. Finalizing the tour in the modern museum where they storage the rests of the Chavin Culture. After you finish with the guided tour around 4pm depart for a non-stop drive back to Huaraz for about 3 hours arriving around 7pm direct to our Bus Station in Huaraz.

$22 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

Make sure you have breakfast in your hotel early in the morning as we'll be departing at around 8am, leading to the millenarian capital of archaeology of Chavin de Huantar.We'll start our tour driving to the south side of Huaraz by the paved highway after 25km we will pass by Recuay Province at 3300masl, continue by unpaved trail, then stop in the lake of Querococha at 3980masl. We will make a stop for photo of the beautiful landscape, then continue up to highest pass of Tunel de Cahuish at 4500masl, important point for hydro graphical division where the west side water flows to Pacific ocean and east side water flows to Atlantic Ocean.The Archaeological site of Chavin or the ruins are located next to the modern district of Chavin. At around 1pm we'll go to the restaurant for lunch until 2pm. After lunch we will enter to the castle of Chavin on a guided tour which take place for about 2-hour. Inside the ruins you will visit many labyrinth rooms and in one of the main buildings are the Lanzon the Chavin a big stone carved remain of the Pre-Inkas. Many places and things to visit and observe, such as Plazas, cavezas clavas main porch and among others, finalizing in the modern museum where is storage the rest of the Chavin Culture. We'll be finishing the guided tour at around 4pm and we'll go on a non-stop drive back to Huaraz for about 3-hour arriving around 7pm.

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