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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar

The quintessential site of Peru's Mid–Late Formative Period (c 1200–500 BC), Chavín de Huántar is the most intriguing of the many relatively independent, competitive ceremonial centers constructed throughout the cen…
Top Choice Peruvian in Chavín de Huántar

Buongiorno

Churning out sophisticated dishes that outpunch its location’s weight class, Buongiorno is a pleasant surprise in a cordial garden setting. The lomo a la pimienta, a Peruvian fave of grilled steak in wine, cream and…
Museum in Chavín de Huántar

Museo Nacional de Chavín

This outstanding museum, funded jointly by the Peruvian and Japanese governments, houses most of the intricate tenon heads carved with horror-stricken expressions from Chavín de Huántar, as well as the magnificent T…
Peruvian in Chavín de Huántar

Chavín Turístico

A solid option, especially for trucha al ajo (garlic trout) and trout sudado (in sauce), this place has rickety tables around a tiny courtyard and a chalkboard of traditional dishes. The food doesn't lack flavor, an…
Viewpoint in Chavín de Huántar

Mirador de Shallapa

After admiring the Chavin ruins from ground (and underground) level, you can climb up to this trio of crosses grafted onto a crag high above town for a full view of the archaeological site. Walk four blocks north of…
Breakfast in Chavín de Huántar

Cafetería Renato

For simple international breakfasts alongside homemade yogurt, cheese and manjar blanco (homemade caramel spread), head to this better-than-it-looks cafe done out like a cowboy corral with saddles slung over walls a…
Arts & Crafts in Chavín de Huántar

Artesania Rumi Tzaka

Of the several shops that cluster around the ruins site, this one could be the best, selling unique Chavín souvenirs from textile and wool items to huge replicas of the Lanzón de Chavín rendered in granite. Most of …
Arts & Crafts in Chavín de Huántar

Centro Artesanal CEO Chavín

A few hundred meters along the road to Huari, Centro Artesanal CEO Chavín sells locally made textiles, alpaca weavings and stone carvings – visit in the afternoon to see weavers weaving wildly.