Kuntur Wasi Tour
Kuntur Wasi was one of the most important ceremonial centers in the northern Peruvian highlands. This tour explores the ruins and museum at this incredible site.
up to 10 days in advance
- Duration: 4 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 10 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
In 1989, a group of Japanese archeologists discovered the oldest forged gold in the America’s (about 2,800 years old) at Kuntur Wasi. A range of other artifacts was subsequently found here, including crowns, masks, ceramics, chest plates, earrings, and stone jewelry. These confirmed that it was an important ceremonial site during Peru’s Formative Period (2,500–50 B.C.). Later excavations also revealed ceremonial architecture, including plazas, stairs, and walls. The museum here displays around 200 objects, including an impressive crown with 14 human faces.
This tour provides travelers with a unique look at ancient Peruvian highland culture. It’s a good full-day tour to take while staying in Cajamarca. Kuntur Wasi is set about 80 miles (130 km) west of Cajamarca.
Attraction VisitedKuntur Wasi
The oldest forged gold in the Americas was found at the archaeological site of Kuntur Wasi. Set within Peru’s Northern Highlands, this site was one of the most important ceremonial centers in the region during the Formative Period (2,500–50 B.C.).
What to Bring
Camera, comfortable clothing, and sunscreen.
Transportation, guide, and entrance fees.
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