Complejo Arqueol贸gico Wari sprawls along the highway from Ayacucho to Quinua. Five signed entrances lead to the ruins of this once-great Wari capital. You can yet see the thick walls towering 12 meters (39 ft), tunnels, underground burial chambers, ceremonial plazas and homes of its estimated 50,000 residents.
Built around 600 A.D., archaeologists believe this was the first walled urban center in the Andes. The Wari (Huari) were one of the most important pre-Incan societies in Peru, with an empire stretching from Cajamarca to Cusco. Their urban, military and administrative organizations probably influenced the Inca.
The Complejo Arqueol贸gico Wari is part of a 300-hectare (741-ac) site that also includes the fields of the Battle of Ayacucho, marked by an imposing 40-foot white obelisk, and the village of Quinua, renowned for craftworks, and where there is a museum of the Battle ($1; open 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Guided tour from Ayacucho costs 25-60 soles ($8-20). Or you can go on your own: Catch a Quinua-bound bus from Ayacucho鈥檚 Barrio Magdalena and alight at the ruins.
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.
Open Hours to:Tuesday-Sunday, 5 p.m.
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
In or near Ayacucho, you can visit Barrio Santa Ana, Museo Arqueol贸gico Hip贸lito Unanue, Museo de Arte Popular, Ruinas Vilcashuam谩n and Ba帽os Intihuatana.
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