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Address: Supe Valley, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 431-2235
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Challenging visit but great for history buffs

I have mixed feelings about Caral. It is a 3h drive by bus so you have to commit a whole day. We went with 2 kids and 1 senior citizen plus 2 adults and all did Ok. The site is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Lima, Peru
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97 reviews 97 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I have mixed feelings about Caral. It is a 3h drive by bus so you have to commit a whole day. We went with 2 kids and 1 senior citizen plus 2 adults and all did Ok. The site is a 1km walk along a river valley from the parking but you can take a donkey cart. Once you get... More 

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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If you have any interest in archeology, Caral is WELL worth a visit. The Peruvian dessert is spectacular in its desolation. How cool to visit an archeology site only discovered in 1994 and still being excavated! I highly recommend hiring Fernando Salas from Magic Peru (magicperuvacations@hotmail.com. ) It is a long drive from Lima due to traffic and Fernando was... More 

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Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

caral is the first organised place of civilication in latin america and therefore a must-see if you are interested in culture. very experienced and informative guides. ubfortunately you cannot access all temples any more.

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Lima, Peru
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This place has a magical thing that I do not know really how to explain. You can feel the greatness of our past and its rich and varied culture. Give it a try. I am pretty sure that you will agree with my review.

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

this place was weird, its very far, very hot and the its not comparable with sites like Machu Picchu or Kuelap, however it does have a mystic feeling and the layout is very impressive. If you have a spare day in Lima, give it a go.

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Los Angeles, California, Usa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Be prepared for lots of walking. Caral is interesting if you haven't seen a ruin before. The closest hotels to stay are in Barranca "Chavin" pretty good or Los Delfines, Chorrillos Beach and Casa Blanca Hostal located right at the beach, which is 5 min from Barranca.

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Definitively a must see, it is amazing to see such ancient ruins, as it is still being uncovered there are more questions than answers. The tour guides inside the ruins are knowledgeable, well informed and capable o answer most questions. Also great experience getting out of Lima and worth waiking up so early in the morning.

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Bancroft, Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It was 'exciting' to experience rush hour traffic in Lima and the desert landscape north of the city during our 3 hour trip to Caral. The 5000 year old site covers 150+ acres. We were two of approximately 30 visitors! Very quiet. Tours are in Spanish only and you must take a tour. English placards are strategically placed to provide... More 

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Gold Coast
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The site of pyramids some distance out of Lima. Travel the Pan American Highway to get a view of the urban form of Lima. Travel off-road thru a lunar landscape to arrive at the site of a the remnants of pyramids thought to be over 5000 years old. A must.

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Lima
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Constructions of 5000 years old, very well preserved, much to explore and discover. Stunning 'pyramids' of a culture that disappeared without trace. If you love culture and history, you can not miss Caral.

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