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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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$130*
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Caral Archaeological Site Day Trip from Lima
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$310*
and up
Best Day Trip to Caral from Lima

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Extremely interesting

Very interesting place and very knowledgeable guide. Good trails, lots to see. Be sure to look at the aqueducts also. Good bathrooms, clean location. Mostly Peruvian visitors... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Lori N
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Darlington, Wisconsin

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Albuquerque
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we did our research prior to driving out to caral, we did so on a Monday and didn't realize it would be closed. Not sure if it's always closed on Mondays or if the guards just didn't feel like letting us in - they told us it was closed so they could take a little rest. I guess we... More 

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Thank bsayer
Lima, Peru
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here because it was sold a pre incan site like Machu Picchu, first off its about 5 hours away from lima, even though it is very interesting it has nothing on Machu Picchu. This was the only site we went to see that wasnt recommended by our tour company and i understand why. If you are in to... More 

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Darlington, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place and very knowledgeable guide. Good trails, lots to see. Be sure to look at the aqueducts also. Good bathrooms, clean location. Mostly Peruvian visitors at this time. Use sunscreen!

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Thank Lori N
Morganton
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The best way to see this historical site is to get your own transportation here from Lima. Takes 2+ hours driving time, more if traffic. Lima traffic is AWEFULL! So, see if there is a holiday during your visit to take advantage of less Lima road traffic. Once you get to the turn off for the site, prepare for a... More 

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Lima, Peru
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

It's a real great experience introduce yourself in a restored pre-spanish ruins with a team of experts to show and explain you all the city, the works done and the expectations to do. You feel that old civilizations was bigger than we thought or expect.

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Thank 40luis
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

If you want to visit Caral and can do so on a weekend, I highly recommend signing up for the day tour run by the Ministerio de Cultura. You can find their offerings under "Viajes Educativos" or "Educational Trips" on the website for Zona Caral. The trip is of excellent value (s./100) compared to what is available from tourist agencies,... More 

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Thank Kristin P
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We traveled to the site with friends from Lima. Very interesting although did not find the guide as professional as guides at some other locations. Believe over time is site will be even more interesting as it develops.

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Frederick, Maryland
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The site became "active" in 1994 according to the tour guide. The site is an ACTIVE research/investigation site. The Peruvian are the only ones working on restauration and excavation. Impressive! This bring an extra charm to the site. However, it will take them years to work in all 25 archeological sites. It would be nice if the European or American... More 

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Peru
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We took a day trip from Lima to Caral to see the ruins of a very old civilization. One book said that it was first discovered in 1905 but Wikipedia said it was discovered by Paul Kosok in 1948, but it received little attention at the time because it appeared to lack many typical artifacts that were sought at archeological... More 

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Lima, Peru
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Every person that comes to Lima should include Caral on their itinerary. A day trip no far from Lima. Caral is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. You would be amazed!!!!!!!

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