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Address: Supe Valley, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 431-2235
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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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Caral, the ancient city of the Americas

The ancient civilization of the Americans, even before the Mesopotamiams. Always a great place to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Lima Region, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The ancient civilization of the Americans, even before the Mesopotamiams. Always a great place to visit.

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Lima, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A little over 2 hours away from Lima, Caral is the oldest remain of a civilized city in the Americas. Dated to 3,000 BCE, Caral lasted for almost 1,000 years and at its peak housed about 2,000 people. Today less than a third of this city and its 8 pyramid shaped structures has been uncovered. It's an easy drive to... More 

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Toledo, Spain
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is very interesting place with amazing history dated as 3000 years BC. Caral is very-very far from Lima, not really well excavated (finance limitation), the facilities are in good condition. Caral is a place for Norte Chico civilization - the oldest known in South America. More here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norte_Chico_civilization

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I took the Mirabus tour from Kennedy Park in Miraflores to Chavin, about a three hour bus trip to the north. The pyramids constructed in the desert at Chavin are among the oldest found anywhere in the Americas. I also liked the circular subterranean pit which reminds of the kivas found in the ruins in SE USA. Definitely worth the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a must see if you have a day. It is dry but take some water. I understand on the weekends the natives sell stuff. They were not there when we were there. Would have liked that. There were very few people at the sit so you have it to yourself. It is great! I actually enjoyed the drive... More 

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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

What a contrast these 2 ruins are......Caral is perfectly set up to wander around yourself and read the English signs in your own time....to take in the vibe. NOT SO !!! You will be placed in a group of up to 20 people [you could wait for an hour just waiting for the numbers to fill up ] and then... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Before you decide to visit please do consider the following: It is a three hour drive N of Lima. It is dry, hot and dusty and involves a lot of un-level walking in sand, gravel etc.. It is a full day in any itinerary. That said, i thoroughly enjoyed it and was very pleased that i convinced my self to... More 

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Lima, Peru
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Caral

Address: Supe Valley, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 431-2235
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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