Continuous downpour affecting the interiors of Willcahuaín

T he archeological monument of Willcahuaín, located approximately seven kilometers northeast of the city of Huaraz is probably one of the closest tourists’ attractions near Huaraz and therefore a popular day hike for travelers. The complex was most likely constructed around 100 AC and was abandoned around 700 – 1100 BC by inhabitants of the Wari culture and its main construction has three overlapping platforms, distributed on three levels, each with independent access. The site is accessible by colectivo from Huaraz but can also easily be reached on foot.

Although the site is well preserved, the heavy rains of the past couple of days are affecting the interiors of the Willcawuaín archeological monument. Recent visitors have been able to observe a great quantity of drops of water that are slipping through the roof making their way to the interior parts. These happenings occur normally every year between the months of January and March, however, this year the precipitations seem to happen more frequent and therefore are to cause danger as they may affect the supports of rocks and walls that form the structure of the site. The Decentralised Direction of Culture of Ancash (DDC) has not yet given a statement. In previous years, other archeological monuments such as Chavín de Huantar were covered partly with plastic and cart board to prevent the rain from penetrating into the interior parts that are open for visitors.

Willcahuaín (meaning sacred house or temple in Quechua language), sometimes also spelled as Huilcahuaín, Huillcahuayín, Wilkahuaín or Willkawaín, is open seven days a week and also offers some great views of the Cordillera Negra. A taxi to the site is around 15-20 soles and the hike would take around 2-3 hours.

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