Ciudad Sagrada de Caral
Ciudad Sagrada de Caral
4.5
Ancient RuinsPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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mjolk
Houston, TX44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Had been planning this visit for the past 5 years going to Peru, finally we made it. We were not really sure what to expect as we thought -how wrong we were- this was a minor pre-Inca site. Fact is, you are walking around the sire of the oldest settlement in all (yes ALL) Americas (North, Central and South). The site is in development and research and very much worth the 3+ hours to get there. While we drove ourselves, we are deeply familiar with Peru, speak Spanish 100% fluent and are fully versed in driving like and with the locals, there are several tours that will take you there (inclusive to arranging lunch in a nearby town), we highly recommend the guided tour. Notice if you are over 60, senior entrance fee applies (which for locals is about 1 quarter of a dollar). Bring something to prove it. Bring an umbrella of a hat (not a baseball cap, but what you would think you would use in a beach) as it is quite hot in there and the sun will make a number on you if you are not careful. Your entrance includes a guide (Almost sure there are no guides in English however, another reason to take a tour). Not sure how this site does not have a much stronger support fm the government, but it is what it is. You probably need 2 to 2 1/2 hour for a good visit. Bring water, plenty of, buying in site will be expensive. Visit also the galleria as it will get you good background info (that is how we contrasted this culture vs Egyptian and others happening elsewhere in the world.
Written January 2, 2020
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Carla V
Eagle, ID5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
The trip is worth the money. A lot going on, and pending to be discovered (shared) with public. Take the tour so you can understand all the history and understand it. It is amazing to know that something as big and old as Mesopotamia was constructed in South America.
Written January 6, 2020
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Della M
Vancouver, Canada213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Seeing and touring these 5000 year old ruins was an amazing and awesome experience. Only some of the many pyramids have been excavated from the mounds of sand under which their creators hid them. The site is enormous, but a tour of the excavated area (about 13 pyramids) takes only around 2 hours. Do understand that these are 5000 year old ruins and moderate your expectations thusly. Nothing is completely intact and there are no artifacts on display. There are two ways to see Caral. One is to do a day trip from Lima with a tour group, three hours there and three hours back! Another way (what we did) is to bus to Barranca and stay overnight in a hotel there for a few nights. The Hotel Chavin arranged for a driver to take us to Caral, wait for us, and then drive us back to Barranca for 110 soles. You must hire a Spanish guide when you get there as they do not let anybody in to the ruins unsupervised and there are no English guides. We arrived at the gates at about 11:00 and managed to hookup with a small tour group from Lima. Their English speaking Peruvian guide was very happy to add us to his group and of course we gave him a good tip for doing so. This was happenstance for us, and maybe it would work again, but if not you can read all about Caral online before you go. Wear sunscreen, shorts, good walking shoes and a hat.
Written April 28, 2015
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John D
Woking, England, United Kingdom26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
This is the oldest known city in the Americas and has almost no visitors. If it was in Europe it would have bus trips for miles. Looks like nothing on arrival and then you walk over the ridge... wow. A must for anyone with any interest in history.
Written July 7, 2015
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Rachel@Miami
Miami Beach, FL1,890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Caral has around 25 pyramids made of stone, from 3000 BC, it has 5000 years . It was declared by UNESCO patrimony of Humanity! well worth a visit. It has basic
facilities, photo gallery with
introductory posters
, guides for visiting the circuit that take you by foot for 1:30 hour tours, they have a small booth with books for purchase, hats and T shirts and soft dqrinks and they have clean washrooms. During the weekend you can buy light lunch from vendors from the area. It takes 3:45 hours to get there from Lima .The place is worth a day trip . There are organized tours for 40 dollars including the roundtrip by bus, the guide and the entrance tickets. The place is handicapped friendly!Nice excursion!
Written May 10, 2018
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Fatalist-Mizant... S
38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
It was awful for me. Excavations are far from the village where coming public transporte and even from the oficial parking. The territory is not fenced and not guarded. Ticket office is far away and there are no signs. but if suddenly you are seen alone on the pyramids, you piggy the enterance fee, will join the group even if you don’t understand Spanish and once again take a guide fee. As a result, my backpack was stolen here and the administration did nothing to help.
Written February 6, 2020
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Dear fatalistmizantropovs Receive a cordial greeting from the Caral Archaeological Zone, Executing Unit 003 of the Ministry of Culture of Peru, entity in charge of the management of the archaeological site. 1. We regret what happened during your visit to the Sacred City of Caral 2. Please provide us with more information and references about your visit to the Sacred City of Caral, since our administration at the archaeological site has not registered or reported an incident such as the one you refer to 3. As the administrative institution of the Sacred City of Caral, we are concerned that tourism to the place is carried out through reliable transport companies, which authorized tourist services, are used, and the safety instructions provided for the archaeological site are followed. 4. As for the archaeological site, it is effectively located in a rural valley where the landscape would be affected by the placement of fences. This does not mean that there is permanent police surveillance: there is a police post at the same archeological site. 5. If you access the archeological site with public transport, you have to travel a distance from the tourist stop, which can be long for some people. But the trails are unique, so there is no chance of getting lost. 6. The archaeological site can only be entered after registering at the interpretation center, and can only be traveled in groups of twenty people under the care of a guide. The payment to enter is eleven soles (US $ 3.15) and the guide is one sun (US $ 0.29). The travel information signs are in Spanish and English. 7. Within the site we have a protocol to deal with theft and loss of visitor objects. Outside of it, the competition is from the National Police. Please tell us where and how the robbery occurred, and what happened next. 8. Our institution develops an educational travel program that offers trips that depart from the city of Lima, and runs under our sole responsibility until the return to the same point in the city of Lima. These educational trips are offered every weekend, and are aimed at the general public, national and foreign - in English. 9. As anywhere in the world, solo visits carry different risks to group travel. In these special cases of solo trips, we can only strongly recommend that the tourist contact us before starting his trip.
Written February 12, 2020
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Flyer404320
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The guide Otto was great, knowledge and friendly. The car was roomy clean and in good condition. The whole day was smooth and Otto new the best way to get around in and out of Lima.
Written January 11, 2020
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rad k
San Francisco, CA44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Nice restaurant attached to it. Good place to spend an hour and have a nice meal. We went there as part of Lima food tour, both for the site and the restaurant. Totally worth it
Written June 19, 2019
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is the older civilisation in South America and the whole of the Southern Hemisphere andas such it has a great historical value. Reaching it is not easy and it takes a drive in bad road, quite a lot of walking and even some trip in a kind of motocross.
The city is surprisingly well preserved taking into consideration that the city is over 5000 years old. 6 large pyramids in different state of conservation and a lot of very interesting features. Go there before it becomes very popular.
Written March 11, 2019
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GillesFlores
Cafayate, Argentina121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
About 200km (125 miles) north of Lima, and off the beaten track, you will find the amazing Cuidadela de Caral....And what a site you will find, one of the most ancient city of the Americas. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It really is worth the visit, but remember, you are in a middle of a desert, it is very hot, very dry and very dusty !!!
Enjoy the visit,
Gilles
Written May 22, 2018
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