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“Nice Excursion into the Dunes” 4 of 5 stars
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Pachacamac
Autopista Antigua Panamericana Sur km 31, Lima 16, Peru (San Isidro)
+51 1 4300168
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Ranked #24 of 128 attractions in Lima
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located only 31 kilometers from Lima, these ancient ruins are all that remain of an important religious center that was constructed more than 1,000 years before the Inca Empire.
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“Nice Excursion into the Dunes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Although the site is less than an hour from Lima it is really neat to see how drastically the landscape changes to barren sand dunes. The archaeological site is huge and you definitely need a car to get around to all the places. The Temple of the Sun is worth the hike up to the top as you have lovely ocean views amid the ruins.

Visited June 2013
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“Pachacamac Oracle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Not so far from the city, it has a museum but the principal thing is that it has a lot of history to be told. This is the oldest Oracle in Peru that was important in the pre-hispanic times.
It is good to spend the morning and not so far from the beach.

Visited July 2012
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“Huge Archaeological Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This immense site is located just south of Lima and is easily reached by car or tour bus. The site measures about 500 hectares which, I believe, makes it just north of 1200 acres. Much is still under active excavation and research, and is not accessible to tourists, but there are plenty of structures available for exploring.

Most of the buildings are in their natural, worn state. One, the women's residence, has been restored. A bit too much restoration for my taste. I'd rather see it as time and the elements have left it, with an artist's rendering of what it might have looked like at its peak.

There's almost no color at all anywhere on the site. Everything is a uniform beige-y sand color, so your pictures may not show a lot of detail. That didn't stop me. I have dozens, and you probably will, as well.

Visited May 2013
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“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I would say, if you had a bit of time on your hands ( this is almost a half day trip) and liked ruins then do try to get to Pachacamac. The Histroy is very interesting and relates well to other areas when you go to Cusco Arequippa and finally the best place MP. The climb is a bit steep for the elderly. The small museum has some excellent "quipas' and pottery. Ensure you have a good guide or read up the history before you go as you will find the altars of human sacrifice and other areas quite fascinating. If you have time, take a detour to see the equsterian place just next door. Loved the views from the top.

Visited April 2013
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“Average visit, not much to see after the trip to the Incan heartland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I would add this on the itinerary, only if you had an extra day in Lima, were not going to Cusco, Scared Valley, or Machu Picchu or were still intrigued by the northern activities of the Incan rulers.
It was a bit of a drive in Lima traffic, and the whole area felt hot and dusty.

Visited April 2013
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