Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana, Lima

Huaca Pucllana
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
Built by millions of adobe bricks, these ruins once served as an administrative center and a pre-Inca ceremonial site dedicated to the God Pachacamac.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.5
7,346 reviews
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Very good
2,696
Average
757
Poor
111
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Peter G
Kihei, HI471 contributions
Feb 2020
Huaca Pucllana may not be the largest or most spectacular archaeology site in Lima, but its accessibility within walking distance of many Miraflores hotels makes it the by far the most convenient to visit. You can only visit with a tour guide, but an English tour was beginning just as we arrived; our guide was engaging and knowledgeable. There is a small museum on site which can be visited before or after your tour. It is an active dig, and much of the site has yet to be uncovered, but what has already been revealed is a fascinating view of the Lima Culture from 200-700 A.D. Admission (which includes the tour) is only 15 soles (about $4.50), or half that for senior; tips for the guide will be welcomed.
Written March 17, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Oct 2019
Visiting "Huaca Pucllana" is absolutely unmissable at any trip to Lima. The awesome great adobe and clay pyramid was built between 200 and 700 AD, representing an important ceremonial and administrative center for the "Lima Culture". Evening visits are highly recommended as the scenic lightings bring a magical atmosphere to the old sacred shrine. Stop at the small museum at its entrance, visit the archaeogical ruins and, if possible, book a table for dinner at "Huaca Pucllana Dining Experience". You won't regret! Previous bookings are a must at all occasions! Enjoy!
Written June 3, 2020
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Ian T
Sydney, Australia126 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
S/. 15 (7:50 child U12 or student with ID card) includes a guided tour (English and Spanish) around the ruins.

Guide was very knowledgeable about the site and excavations and gives a good historical viewpoint. There is also a museum style room with information about the site and the empires that created it (in Soanish and English).

Very little shade for when guide stops to explain so take hat and wear sunscreen 😀
Written January 10, 2020
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Nicholas N
Copenhagen, Denmark793 contributions
Apr 2022
I went here with my mum and went in line to go in only to find out that apparently you had to reserve a time minimum a day before. This was informed on a small sign when you made it all through the line. The webpage you reserve is only in Spanish and they want to know your passport, email, phone number etc. This just makes it seem like they don't want any tourist and try to inform as little as possible to make it as hard as possible to get in. We had no wish to participate in this circus so after being refused at the gate we decided not to go.
Written April 13, 2022
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Prinzac
Rio de Janeiro, RJ149 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well preserved ruins from more than 1000 years ago. The tour guide is polite but lacks historical knowledge and keeps answering “ we don’t know”.
Part of the sightseeing should be the time travel experience which doesn’t exist here.
Written February 23, 2020
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Gabriel R
2 contributions
Jan 2020
we visited this restaurant as a group of 9 and based on my research this was a top 25 place. We did not have a good experience. For starters, we felt rush since the very first moment. We felt the mission of the staff is to make sure they get things done as soon as possible and send us out. Waiter was frustrated because we were taking our time to learn and ask about dishes. The food is low quality to us: all dishes were very salty, sauces oscured the flavors, there was no creativity on the use of sauces, combinations of sides. The person pooring the way seemed to have as objective to make sure the entire bottle was distributed at once (in one round).
An example, I ordered the scallops and got what looked like medium size clams (a very tiny piece of seafood) covered in a super strong and salty super salty cheese. I did not even noticed I had eating the so called scaloop !! The translation was wrong, this was not a scallop .... plenty more to say but have not time
Written January 21, 2020
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Miguel C
Lima, Peru168 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I visit with my family Huaca Pucllana. Following, some useful tips for you:
1. It is better if you visit it on spring or summer (winter and autumn show some times drizzles), from September to March. The ruin was made of little block of clay and with the drizzle the visit would became very uncomfortable.
From now I assume you followed your first suggestion
2. Carry sun glasses
3 Sun block
4.Bug spray
5. Camera
6. Selfie stick

The walk will take 40 minutes to one hour. Children above 8 years is better, some places are difficult for people in wheelchair or another similar problem (some parts with stairs and rough surfaces).
Written January 23, 2020
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Peeceecee
Skipton, UK1,057 contributions
Jan 2020
We did not enter this ancient ruin and simply viewed it from the exterior. Our guide explained some of the history of the site which pre-dates the Incas and covers a huge area. It is constructed if adobe blocks and is mainly solid i.e there are no rooms/chambers inside. Definitely worth a visit even if you only have a mild interest in ancient civilisations and architecture.
Written March 8, 2020
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Stella
Stockholm, Sweden2,110 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I’m not a huge dan of history so I came here because someone from my tour wanted to visit. It is quite interesting to see this site in the middle of Lima, although not that unusual since I’m originally from Rome. You can only access here with a tour guide so you have to wait for an English tour if you cannot understand Spanish. Also you cannot just walk off or they’ll call you back. The tour was good, it was just way too hot even at 10am.
Written March 2, 2020
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lavinadh
New York City, NY20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This restaurant is part of a historical museum right in the center of Miraflores, a series of clay pyramids surrounded by the essence of the city. I attended a dinner here with my partner and was pleasantly surprised upon entering a beautifully lit and green terrace. Something I've noticed about my time here in Peru, when i go out to eat the service isn't always attentive. As we walked inside, we were immediately escorted to our seats. I couldn't help but notice the staff here was very attentive and always held a pleasant attitude. We were seated outside on the patio, I took a moment to appreciate the calmness and subtleties of my surrounding. The atmosphere was adorned with a number of natural elements including wood accompanied by metallic accents which are known to be natural resources here in Peru seeming all too appropriate because this restaurant is known for its local cuisine. The entire experience was picturesque, like that dinner date you've seen in the movies and have always wanted to be a part of, eating dinner while looking out at the beautiful pyramids under the night sky. Our drink orders were taken promptly after being seated, my partner is quite the foodie so of course he asked about recommendations, our waiter was well informed about the entire menu, answered all of our questions, gave lovely recommendations, and advice on food choices. My partner went with a recommended grape chilcano and myself with a classic glass of red wine. To start we got a four portion sampler including chicharron de cuy, papa relleno, causita, and clams. Upon first sight i was pleasantly surprised by the presentation, it was very flattering. In my personal opinion i thought the chicharron de cuy was too heavily breaded and to a fault of our own we saved the clams for last, by the time we got to it the cheese had hardened. It would have been nice if we were informed that the clams should have been eaten first while the cheese was still warm (delicious nonetheless). Dinner was two local Peruvian dishes consisting of tacu tacu con lomo saltado and rocoto relleno con langostinos. I don't believe I've had better tacu tacu here in Peru! Dinner was accompanied with a perfectly spiced pepper sauce which was great because the food didn't contain too much salt, which is a preference of mine. The flavors were distinct but not overwhelming and the portion sizes were perfect, just enough were we can try a couple know how they did it but the lucuma wasn't overwhelmingly sweet! The series of desserts here have also been my favorite here in Lima. I was highly impressed with the plating and attention to detail of all of our meals. Overall the entire experience is highly recommended, the service and presentation for the entire evening was flawless.
Written January 16, 2020
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