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Situated on the Upper Huallaga, northwest on the road from Junín, the city of Huánuco serves as the capital of the Huánuco Department. The bustling city is crowded with fast-food joints, hotels and bars, which often overshadow Huánuco’s vibrant local markets and more charming colonial buildings. Despite the modern, slightly drab trappings, the city's origins can be traced back to 2,000 BC when the Kotosh people ruled the surrounding lands. In fact, Huánuco’s pride and joy (and not surprisingly most popular site) are the Kotosh Temples, located five kilometers (3.1 mi) from town. Dating back approximately 4,000 years, these structures are some of the oldest in Peru.


Other places nearby Huánuco: Andahuaylas, Cochas Grande/Cochas Chico, Hualhuas, Huancayo, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junín and San Jerónimo de Tunán.

28 Feb 2012

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Temple of Kotosh

Tread foot on ancient ground at the Temple of Kotosh—the oldest evidence of human civilization in Peru, dating between 4,000 and 5,000 years old. Built during the Mito Period, (2000–1800 BC) the ...
Huánuco, Peru

Museo de las Ciencias Naturales

After spending a few hours pondering the pre-columbian marvel of the Temple of Kotosh, it is worth a stop at the Museo de Ciencias to investigate its collection of archaeological artifacts uncovered ...
Huánuco, Peru

Huánuco Churches

The city of Huánuco, founded in 1539, was part of an important cultural movement during the colonial era. One can see this evidenced in the intricate architecture of the city’s many churches--La ...
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Huánuco, Peru
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