Caral Peru Lima Tours

Culture Caral in Lima Perú

06:30 hrs to 17: 30 hrs
180 USD *PER PERSON
Based two people all private service
  • Exploration
The Major Pyramids, Offerings Plaza, Circular Temple and Amphitheater

Expedition Overview

Full-Day Excursion to the Caral Archaeological Complex from Lima.

Itinerary

Tour Description

Early this morning, we’ll make our way north, well past the outskirts of the city to the ancient civilization of Caral. Once in Caral, we’ll leave the van behind and walk about 800 meters to the entrance. First, we’ll see the site known as ‘Sacred Fire’, a small temple in which we’ll find a fireplace where remains of coal, bones, seeds and quartz were found. Afterwards, we’ll see the amphitheater, one of the most spectacular constructions on site. Here, we’ll find a circular plaza where archaeologists believe important ceremonies were held.

We’ll see the Greater Pyramid, a strikingly large building located in a dominating position within the urban area of Caral. Officials standing on the highest part of this pyramid could monitor not only the activities going on in the city, but also a large part of the valley. At this site, the corpse of a young man was found who was most likely sacrificed to honor the gods.

Archeologists also discovered walls decorated with small figures and collars made of shark’s teeth. It’s believed that the Great Pyramid was the center of political, administrative and religious power. From the pyramid, you’ll see the fertile, green Valley of Caral. As we continue to make our way through the complex, we’ll reach a pyramid called Huanca, a small structure overlooking a mysterious monolith which archaeologists believed was used for astronomical and ceremonial purposes. We’ll find a nice spot to relax and enjoy our boxed lunch before we make our way back to the city and your hotel for the evening.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included?

  • Pick-up from hotel and private transportation to and from site
  • Box Lunch and drinks
  • Expert regional guide

What not is included

  • Gratuities for your guide

Suggestions

You need to bring:

  • Wear warm clothing, as the winter weather in Lima (from June to September) can be chilly; temperatures drop fast in the afternoon and nights are cold. If you’re traveling during summer (December to March), light clothing is suitable, along with a hat and sunglasses.
  • Bring money, including some cash in soles for any extra items along the way.
  • Bring a small camera or smart phone, but always be aware of your surroundings, especially when carrying valuables.

Additional Information

Caral, located in the northern region of Lima, is the oldest civilization in the Americas, dating back to 5000 B.C. On site, you’ll see ancient pyramids made of adobe bricks for altars and ceremonial offerings. Their urban planning was highly developed, and Caral’s advantageous location in the valley allowed inhabitants to successfully cultivate crops and trade with the surrounding communities.