- Visit the remains of one of the oldest civilisations in Peru
- World Heritage Site rich in history, traditions and culture
FROM US$ 40.00 /person
- Best season: July – August
- All year: Yes (closed Mondays)
- Duration: Full day
- Maximum altitude: 4,516m
- Tour type: Classic bus tour – Akilpo service
- Difficulty grade: Easy
Visiting one of the oldest civilisations in Peru dating back to 1,200 BC, will be a day filled with incredible and mind-blowing history. Add to that the stunning panoramas of the Cordillera Blanca as you cross the Andes to the Callejon de Conchucos, you have to be ready to take a lot of photos and absorb an immense amount of very interesting history.
Picking you up at your hostel/hotel at 6:00am, we head south from Huaraz and then east to the Andean peaks where we stop at Querococha lake, (3,980m) with some beautiful mountain panoramas for breakfast. At 2.43km long, one of the largest lakes in the Cordillera Blanca, and close to the Cahuish Tunnel (4,516m) which we drive through and cross the Andes to the Callejon de Conchucos.
Descending down to Chavin, the road winds past various villages and a patchwork of agricultural areas. The archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar (3,180m) dating back pre 1,200BC, is where we start our main history lessons of the day – be prepared to be blown away by how advanced this civilisation was.
Minds whirling with images of old civilisations, we enjoy a lunch at one of the restaurants in the village of Chavin. Energised again, we go and visit the Museum of Chavin de Huantar, where most of the relics from the archaeological site is displayed. This will round off a very full and interesting day as we head off back to Huaraz on the other side of the Andes.
The site of Chavin de Huantar is closed on Mondays.
RECOMMENDATIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
Acclimatisation & Route
The route passes over the 4,500m and even though this is brief, be aware that this brief period may leave you with mild altitude sickness symptoms like headaches etc.
Recommendations for Best Seasons
The best time is from mid-April to late September or early October. April, May and June are the best months for lovers of flowers and green landscape. July through August are the best months for blue sky & also an excellent period for photographers (warm colours and clear blue skies are great!). From September to April you get a mixed sunny and pretty cloudy landscape. *NOTE: Chavin de Huantar is closed to visitors on Mondays
The entire Cordillera Blanca has a semi-dry and semi-cold climate, with an average maximum temperature of 23.9° C (75.0° F) and a minimum of 1.1° C (33.98° F). The climate is very unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. During the days it can vary from hot to very frigid temperatures, included rain and strong winds or snow over 4800 meters above sea level. It usually starts getting cloudy more often in early September. October and November are the months when after 2-3pm you can count on afternoon showers.
The Akilpo serviced 1-day Chavin de Huantar tour is for groups with a maximum of 10 persons.
(please consult with us about prices if your group has less than 5 people).
The Program Includes:
- Pre-trip briefing
- Professional & experienced guide
- Private Transport
- Entrance to the site of Chavin de Huantar
- Entrance to the Museum of Chavin de Huantar
- First Aid, emergency oxygen & Radio
The Program does not Include:
- Lunch, snacks & drinks.
- Personal equipments /accessories for the trip
- Expenses of personal nature.
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