Pachacamac

Pachacamac, Lima

Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Craig Jepson
Austin, TX11 contributions
Delightful important pre-Inka site worth three hours
Apr 2021
These pre-Inka and Inka ruins are in good shape and as well-restored as any in Peru. The altitude is above 11,000 feet, so be advised. This is where the virgins were raised for human sacrifice. San Pedro grows wild. The main temple still shows some of its red paint that must have been dazzling in its prime. There is a piece of restored Inka road that will awe even the most jaded.
Written June 14, 2021
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,316 contributions
Loved it loved it loved it
Mar 2020
Hired a taxi for the day and went out to Pachacamac.....reallylovely ride out from Lima and fabtetric visit to the desert ruins.
For sure....they are ruins but such an interesting visit to this amazing location.
Four of us in the taxi with visit of three hours...( should have allowed 5 hours ) inc admissions and tour there and back...$20 each in March 2020.!!
Written April 16, 2020
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Refo6
Alexandria, VA17 contributions
Wow
Jan 2020
Went with Monica Tours and she and Lily made it come alive! Excavations still happening, fascinating. This is out of Lima proper and a local guide is very helpful.
Written March 13, 2020
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Trevor J
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
A must to go
Jan 2020 • Friends
We did by bus from Barranco, but if u are in a group is easier go by taxi.
Very nice archeological place.
Written February 15, 2020
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skyejack
Malvern, Australia297 contributions
Amazing Inca town
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Pachacamac ruins cover a very large site 31 k south of Lima where a town for 20,000 people was built in 700 AD, pre Inca era. It is a sandy desert with several amazing excavations including a rebuilt house of the chosen women, a granary story of huge proportions, a burial site and a sun temple for adoration of the Sun God.
Next door but not part of the site is a Private Hacienda with a 1st class Paso Horse stud.
Written February 11, 2020
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Sonic.ch
8 contributions
Interesting archeological site
Dec 2019
One hr drive south of Lima is Pachacamac. This huge area of which only a small part can be visited does not have much to see as the monuments/pyramids are mostly destroyed but gives you an idea of how huge it must have been in the pre Inca eras. The modern museum is interesting to visit.
Written January 1, 2020
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Vitzi
London, UK492 contributions
Half day trip from Lima
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went to Pachacamac without a tour. Took an Uber/taxi beat (35 soles there, 40 return, about an hour each way). Interesting archeological site with a couple temples, pyramids, ramps on desert landscape. On a clear day there you can see the sea from the higher parts. Excavations are still ongoing.
Entrance was 15 soles. English speaking guide 25 soles for a very profesional 1.5hr tour. Small well organized museum on site with artifacts recovered from the site. Visit as early as possible during summer, as it gets hot. We were there at 10am, visit the site first and were at the museum by 11:30am. There is also a cafeteria and clean bathrooms on site. Overall a good half day trip from Lima, if you have the extra time.
Written December 28, 2019
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Evelynne G
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
Seeing the Sun temple and hearing the story around it
Dec 2019 • Couples
These ruins have been partially excavated and still there is much more still to be uncovered
There is a huge amount already excavated and it is easy to get around as there are roads that cars can travel on. This civilization existed over 1000years ago and it is fascinating to have the explanations
Written December 28, 2019
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jesterandboys
Oceanside, CA145 contributions
History waiting to be excavated
Dec 2019
We stopped at Pachacamac as part of our cruise ship tour. It is a vast archeological site. It is still being excavated and restored. Due to our time restraints we were not able to tour the entire site as int would take several hours. We did get an overview of the area. I was disappointed as many of the areas were roped off, but appeared to have signage regarding the ruins (which we could not get to). There is a museum on site with many artifacts on display as well. Would recommend visiting.
Written December 15, 2019
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Magor_K
Cluj-Napoca, Romania963 contributions
Should be one of the first sites you visit in Peru
Nov 2019
If possible, visit before noontime, and in the afternoon complete it with Museo de Sitio Huala Pucllana. The museum has stories and object found on the spot but also gives a wider understanding of the culture of the ancients. The outside area could be more informative not just billboards. Also, a tour guide or headset with detailed explanations would enhance the experiment, sometimes the visitors could not understand the reasons of the building or connect the dots.
Visit before the early afternoon heat, even is in the museum will be crowded because of the scholar group visitors.
Written December 15, 2019
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