Located 109 km southaest of Huaraz. This is a rather small town, made exciting by the ruins. The ruins and museum are open 08:00 to 17:00. Expert vary in their estimate of the age of the Chavin culture, but most agree that it flourished between 1300 and 400 BC. Tours run from Huaraz everyday in buses with capacity of 20 or 30 people, the trip takes around 4 hours. During the journey usually there are some stops, one to see a lake and to another to have a hot tea before going up to the pass of 4500 m. The guides speak only spanish (ask at the office for an English books about the ruins).

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