Creepy Chavin

Trip Start Feb 19, 1992
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Trip End Jun 28, 1992


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Friday, June 19, 1992

Chavin is a day trip from Huaraz and we heard that it's worth the trip.  We joined a group which also included Peruvian folks and negotiated the prices with the agency.  Since we were on a budget we made sure to ask if there are any other costs and were told "No".
We asked again (maybe he didn't understand us).
"No".
The local folks asked.
Flat out "No".



The way to Chavin is beautiful, filled with mountains, lakes and great scenery.  We stopped on the way and got an explanation on the importance of the agriculture.  We finally got to the old Chavin temple ... and were asked to pay to get inside.
We asked the guide what's going on?
He said that this is not part of the tour, and the raucous began. We were used to being lied to in Peru, but he lied to the locals as well, this was a new one.
They refused to pay as well.
We came to a compromise and paid half price.



The Chavin temple is the oldest carved stone structure in Peru, and has existed well before the pyramids in Egypt were built.  The building is tall, with carved art on the outside, as well as on the inside.  There are several stone heads fixed to the wall, and inside a huge (about 4 meters) lance.



We got explanations from our guide about the meaning of the structure, but like most mysteries in Peru, it was a calendar.

Overall:
Nice place
Well worth the visit
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