The Olleros to Chavin trek, which traces the pre-Inca pilgrimage route to Chavin in the South part of the Cordillera Blanca. The peasant farmers of the area came up with the idea in hopes to preserve some of their Andean heritage. The entire hike is done using donkeys and over the 3 day walk through the ancient pre Inca path. The route starts in Olleros village, which is 18 miles South from Huaraz, and ends at Chavin, the oldest archeological site in the Americas 600 – 400 BC. The altitude ranges from the highest at the Yanashallash Pass (15,420 ft / 4700m) to Chavin, which is the lowest at 10,006 ft / 3050m. After finish the trek we are visiting the famous archaeological complex of Chavin de Huantar, South America oldest and most advanced Pre-Inca civilization.
This 3 day trek is perfect for a first experience in the high mountains or as part of an acclimatizing program. We follow a precolumbian trail which winds its way up into the puna (dry high altitude moorland). We reach Yanashallash Pass, the highest point of our itinerary at 4 700 m. As we descend on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Blanca, we marvel at the giant Huantsán (6 395 m), in ancient times one of the most revered peaks. The last stage is a visit to the remains of one of the oldest ceremonial centers of Peru in Chavín, which dates from the 1st millenium B.C. In the course of the afternoon, we return to Huaraz by bus.