World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 1.2 (207 votes)

Chavin (Archaeological Site)

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Peru.

Photo of Chavin (Archaeological Site)
Photo by flickr user Alun Salt
Pin It

The ruins of Chavin de Huantar date back to a pre-Inca culture which first populated the Mosna canyon around 900 B.C. At 3150 m, and sandwiched between two Andean Mountain ranges, you could say Chavin de Huantar was "out of the way", but for anyone with an interest in archaeology, or an appetite for hiking it is a must-see. In fact, travel sites and planners such as Latin America For Less find the ruins of Chavin de Huantar a must-see hotspot for any Peruvian trip. Made up of three major structures: the Circular Plaza, the Old Temple and the New Temple the site covers an area of about 500m², all now carpeted in new grass to protect the soil. For those with a fleeting interest in the site, but not bothered about the trek, you can see many of the unearthed artefacts at the Museo de la Nacion in Lima, 250 km to the south.

Written by  Alex Allen.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

Chavin (Archaeological Site)

The archaeological site of Chavin gave its name to the culture that developed between 1500 and 300 B.C. in this high valley of the Peruvian Andes. This former place of worship is one of the earliest and best-known pre-Columbian sites. Its appearance is striking, with the complex of terraces and squares, surrounded by structures of dressed stone, and the mainly zoomorphic ornamentation.

Copyright © UNESCO/World Heritage Centre. All rights reserved.

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Machu Picchu

    The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful ancient site…

  • Tikal

    The largest of the ancient Classic Mayan cities is spread out within the El Peten rainforest, in Northeastern Guatemala. The a…

  • Petra

    I sighed and handed over my 55 Dinar ($77USD) to the man at the ticket counter; a hefty sum for an otherwise budget friendly co…

Nearby Experiences

  • Huascarán National Park

    Home of exotic animals such as the marsh deer and the Peruvian piedtail, Huascarán Park, is in the majestic Andes mountain rang…

  • Kuelap Fortress

    This strategically positioned ancient stone fortress was built by the ‘Cloud Forest People’, one of the most advanced civilisat…

  • Great Walk in Peru's Sacred Valley

    Machu Picchu is a destination of a lifetime for most travelers. Generally the choice is made to either trek the Inca Trail (wh…

Related links

Contribute to this page