Puruchuco

Puruchuco, Lima

Historic Sites • Cemeteries
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located right outside of downtown Lima, this archaeological site has unearthed thousands of Inca mummies and artifacts.
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MaritaZ925
Lima, Peru79 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2017 • Friends
Puruchuco is one of the ruins I consider the best in terms of culture and location. Why? Because it is very near the city center. When you get in to the place you can smell antique, not only that there are quite lots of masterpieces that have been cured sue to their age. The culture was called Lima and it indeed is very near to what we consider urban areas.
Written August 3, 2017
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Ignace D
Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium762 contributions
Small site, maybe not worth the detour.
Oct 2016 • Friends
Reconstructed temple complex in a not so attractive neighbourhood. Nice so see how it must havd lokked lkke but compared to the other sites in Petu a little disappointing.
Written October 12, 2016
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travelbug1525
London, UK69 contributions
Tiny but interesting
Oct 2015 • Solo
Only a tiny part of the site is open to the public; it contains a small museum and a reconstruction of a palace. The museum does not house any of the mummies now but I was told they might get them back next year. The palace looks unimpressive but I thought it was nicely done and I found it fascinating to walk around in it. The archaeologists are still working there so most of the site is off limits (incl. the site where the battle was and where they found those mummies mentioned in the documentary) and there are guards reinforcing it. Getting there is easiest by taxi. Although the public buses that go to Ate stop nearby they don't seem to know about the place and when I asked them if they went that way they all said no. Anyways, if you go by bus, get off near the Metro supermarket, the site is signposted from there.
Written October 6, 2015
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CarmichaelVentura
California2,604 contributions
Intellectually interesting
Mar 2014
If one were an anthropologist or an archaeologist, this site would no doubt be fascinating. But otherwise it's just a big pile of masonry, and when you climb to
the top, you have views of laundry drying in the mist.
Written October 9, 2014
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Dan O
Salt Lake City, UT14 contributions
Site Museum and Adobe Inca Ruins
Sep 2010 • Friends
I can't remember all of the details, I was there in 2004, but I think this site is worthy of a review and I didn't see one here so I'm adding mine.

After seeing the National Geographic special on the Puruchuco mummies I decided that this place was worth a visit. The attraction consists of a site museum and the adobe ruins of a coastal administrative and housing compound, most likely that of a transplanted Inca official. The site pre-dates the Inca, but as the Inca conquered the coast they often modified existing constructions to fit their needs.

Don't confuse the Puruchuco Ruins with its namesake district of Puruchuco. The ruins and museum, visited during the daytime are very interesting, some of the best preserved ruins I've seen in Lima, and they are safe. The district of Puruchuco is a rough neighborhood, don't go there.

The entrance fee is 5 Soles per individuals or 20 Soles for a bilingual tour.

The visit was a good experience and given the opportunity I would definitely visit again, work in that area at the time was in its infancy so I'm sure that the museum will have been updated and most likely more information has come to light on the Puruchuco Mummies.

I recently tried checking the web site, it wasn't up when I tried. I posted it anyway; hopefully you'll have better luck. Before visiting I would check with a registered tour service or give them a ring for updated details.
Written August 16, 2011
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  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM