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Wilkawain-Monterrey Trek

About the Trek
This is a very beautiful trek from the influential archaeological site Wari of Wilkawain to the thermal baths of Monterrey. The trail starts in the northern end of the city, just a short 7 km drive (or hike) from Huaraz. The trail travels along roads and footpaths through farmland and small villages.
The Wilkawain archaeological complex dates to about 600–900 A.D., when the local Recuay culture came under the influence of Wari empire. The main 1400-year-old 3 story building was a mausoleum that housed the mummy bundles of their ancestors. The thick walls of stone masonry enclose narrow galleries, roofed with massive stone slabs. A system of ventilation ducts inside the north wall and a thick mound of earth and gravel on the roof kept the bodies dry. The outer walls were decorated with heads, probably of pumas.
After visiting the ruins you can return to Huaraz or continue to Monterrey, famous for its hot springs. The view of Santa Rio Valley from this trail is spectacular.

Hiking Time: Huaraz – Wilkawain: 1 hr; Wilkawain – Monterrey: 2 hrs.
Duration: 1 day
Distance: 7 km
Altitude: 3,000 – 3,450 meters (200 m ascent)
Difficulty: Easy
When to Trek: All year (best time: May-September)

What is Included
  • Transport to and from the trek
  • Guide (optional but strongly recommended)
  • Picnic (optional)
What to Bring
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses;
  • Comfortable clothes / shoes / boots;
  • Warm clothes: fleece, gloves, hat, etc.;
  • Waterproof jacket;
  • Walking sticks if you have knee problems;
  • Snacks / lunch;
  • Water and/or water pills,
  • Swimwear for the thermal baths.
Permits and Regulations
8 soles is the entrance fee to Wilkawain and the thermal baths in Monterrey.
These fees are paid at the park’s office, and are not included in the price.

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