Olleros to Chavin trek
Timing: 3 days
Grade: Easy / Medium
Remote trek, great for children!
*Pony & horse trek option available
*Llama trek option available
Wanting to experience some of the ancient Peruvian culture but avoid the busy Inca Trail?
Our Olleros to Chavin trek combines 3 days of trekking through a remote area of the Cordillera Blanca removed from the busier tourist circuits and where local people still live a traditional way of life.
The trek finishes at the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar which was the centre of the Chavín culture, the oldest major culture in Peru existing from around 1000 to 300 BC. The site of Chavín de Huántar is an incredible feat of engineering, with most of the construction being built underground in an extensive labyrinth of interconnecting chambers and tunnels.
This trek is suitable for everyone, from hardened trekkers looking to escape the busy trails, to less experienced hikers and is an ideal trek for families with children.
Testimonial; Allan from Australia. /Olleros to Chavin Trek : Overall this was an excellent trip. It was great to do a trek where the only people that we saw were the locals going about their daily lives.
Day 1: We start from the village of Olleros half an hour drive from Huaraz, and hike gently up the valley to camp at Sacracancha 4080m. 5 hours walking
Day 2: Cross the pass Yanashallash which is not steep, where we stop at the top to admire a beautiful small lake and the mountains and then descend to camp at Shongo 4088m. 7 hours
Day 3: We pass through several villages where we meet local children, eventually descending to Chavin 3150m. 4 to 5 hours.
We spend the afternoon having a guided tour of the Chavin de Huántar archaeological site, and then return to Huaraz by our private van in the early evening.
Peter from the USA said: Having done treks in the Cuzco and Abancay region, I have to say that this little Cordilleras Blancas trip was my favourite And the Morales brothers were by far the most professional operators I worked with. Chavin de Huantar is absolutely worth visiting–it essentially provides the cultural template for understanding much of where Incan cosmology/architecture originated from.
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