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Caral

Supe Valley, Lima, Peru
431-2235
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Ranked #20 of 136 Attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
42 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Take a bus from the Fiori bus terminal in Independencia, Lima which is nearby to the Northern Bus Terminal, to Supe or Barranca north of Lima. Both bus stations are are easily accessible from the Tomas Valle metropolitana bus stop. From Supe or Barranca take a collectivo to Caral and walk to the main entrance. There is no cover so... More

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Berlin, Germany
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I cannot go writte how magical I felt when I got there as is such a ancient and amazing place with a great vibe and few tourist .

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Colombo
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125 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I didnt feel this site warranted a special trip from Lima.However it IS the oldest civilization in America therefore may appeal to some. I found it a long drive, sunny, dusty and lonely. A hat/ umbrella and sun glasses are a MUST.

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New York City, New York
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221 reviews 221 reviews
159 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is an excellent archeological site. I don't really understand why it's listed under Lima attractions as it is a 3-hour bus ride away from Lima to either Supe or Barranca via the Pan American highway. Caral is thought to be the earliest known civilization in South America. The site represents an urban center inhabited around 2500 BC. There's a... More

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This place is not very big yet, but time and money will cure that! Only a very small part has been excavated, but one can see the many mounds in the area just waiting to be uncovered and studied! If you are serious about photography, the day trips from Lima will not work for you because of the light at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is an precolumbian site, the archeologists are still working and a visit is only permited with s local spanish guide. However, if you go with a tour, they will provide their own guide who will translate. The vestiges are impressives and raise quite a lot of questions - most of them are still unresponded. We will see in the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Took a private tor w Vanessa who free lances for Caral Tours, but I had her services privately. She was great. Its amazing to see the oldest known civilization on earth. The moonscape was saw along the way was great. Also great stop for lunch on the way back in an authentic Peruvian town not really intended for tourists. Highly... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was thrilling to visit this ancient site. In contrast to other travelers, I first went to Barranca for 2 nights. Then I was able to visit Caral by taxi colectivo and hire a local guide on site. It took 3 days, but was a great way to experience the local culture.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

After reading some of the reviews here on Trip Advisor, we decided to book a trip to Caral with Caral Tours. We're very interested in ruins and historical civilizations so we thought it was a perfect way for us to spend the day. We read that, although Caral Tours is a bit more expensive than some other options, they are... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A veery long and very, very interesting trip to the pyramids at Caral! Having lived in Egypt (with view to the pyramids in Giza from the roof of our apartment building across the Nile) the step pyramids at Caral reminded me of the one in Sakkara. With five pyramids you are in for almost two hours "walk and talk." A... More

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