Chavín de Huántar is an archaeological site from the pre-Incan Chavin culture of around 900BC containing ruins and other artefacts. The site is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-16:00
Entrance fee S/10, students S/5
By local bus
The access point for trips to Chavin de Huántar is Huaraz, 3 hours away - on poorly maintained, unpaved road, clinging to the side of a mountain.
Several bus companies located on Mariscal Caceres avenue offer regular departures throughout the day to Chavin (S/12, May 2014).
You might also be able to find shared taxis and combis.
Several buses to destinations further afield does stop at Chavin around midnight, but then you'll need to have accommodation sorted out ahead.
The easiest option, all the agencies offer a package transportation + Guide for S/35-40 (as of May 2014).
Another option is to go for a beautiful three-day hike, on an Inca trail, between Olleros (south of Huaraz) and Chavin, but make sure you hire a guide, from one of the many tour agencies, e.g. Peru Llama Trek .
- Edgar Zambrano (Peru Llama Trek), teroceanica 719 Huaraz In, ☏ . Peru Llama Trek is a Adventure Tour Operator especially for Olleros Chavin Trek being based with its main office in the Pre-Inka trail Olleros Chavin in Canrey Chico (place where Inka Trail starts to Chavin). 300.
- Hotel Chavin Arqueologico, Inca Roca 141, ☏ . Singles from US$8.