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Chavin de Huantar

Callejón de Conchucos was the place where the Chavin culture (1000-400 BC) built their most important religious temple, a ceremonial site where they also studied astronomy so they would know when to plant and harvest their fields. Chavin culture is one of the oldest and most important of the Andes region. You can find in this temple an underground labyrinth and a huge sculpture of one of their main gods: Lanzón Monolítico. This place is located just a few hours from Huaráz, Perú (Callejón de Huaylas, Cordillera Blanca). You can take a tour or go by yourself by public transportation. [Photo by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]