Extensively dismantled in post-Chavín times, this staircase is a spectacular example of Chavín engineering and symbolism. The right half of the stairs are made of limestone, which is velvety black when freshly cut. The left half is white granite; this color dualism is clearly intention, and undoubtedly part of Chavín beliefs. Lying on the steps are several examples of stones carved with Chavín designs.
Fragment of carving showing cayman-like figure, perhaps representing a deity; connects with larger block on right side of staircase.
Fragment of carving showing cayman-like figure, perhaps representing a deity; connects with smaller block on left side of staircase.