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Kotosh Review

Considered to be South America's oldest temple, Kotosh, a 4,000-year-old archaeological site, is famous for the Templo de las Manos Cruzadas (Temple of the Crossed Hands). Some of the oldest Peruvian pottery relics were discovered below one of the niches surrounding the main room of the temple, and the partially restored ruins are thought to have been constructed by the Kotosh, one of the country's earliest cultures. Inside the temple you'll see re-created images of the crossed hands. The original mud set is dated 2000 BC and is on display in Lima's Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología, e Historia del Perú. The site was named Kotosh, Quechua for "pile," in reference to the piles of rocks found strewn across the fields. Taxi fare is S/15 for the round-trip journey from Huánuco, including a half hour to sightsee.

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  • Address: 5 km (3 miles) west of Huánuco, Huánuco | Map It
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: S/3.50
  • Hours: Daily dawn–dusk
  • Location: Huánuco
Updated: 11-29-2012

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