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Av. Las Lomas de la Molina 327 | Urb. Las Lomas de la Molina Vieja, Lima, Peru
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Super interesting site, few visitors, new and clean facilities (toilets!!). Highly recommend visiting before it becomes super popular tourist site like those in Cusco.... We read about price of tours from Lima and thought there were very overpriced. My husband and I did it independently...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 19, 2008

This site was very interesting. I enjoyed it's historical significance, but it took all day to get here. By the time I got back from visiting this place I didn't have time to see very much else in Lima. If you dont have much time...More

11  Thank ValsTravels
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Caral is not the easiest site to visit but it is very worthy of a day trip from Lima. We hired a private guide and driver from a tour operator (Haku Tours).

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have mixed reviews on this. I took a tour that was supposed to be English and Spanish. Unfortunately no English was spoken. As a result, I was lucky enough to read the English verbiage on the boards but didn’t not get all the information...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

We took a tour with a government sponsored tour. This costs 150 soles (about $45) and includes transport from Lima to Caral, lunch at Caral, tour guides, and a stop in Vichama (another archeological site of a similar age to Caral). A lot of private...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

We took a tour here with private Lima tours with Sara. The journey was long big worth it. The guide at Caral was amazing he only spoke Spanish but his enthusiasm and passion for this place was shown.

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Reviewed August 3, 2018

Carl solidifies that the Inca civilization was vast. This area is not on the mountains, so if you miss Cusco, due to altitude sickness, make sure you see this.

Thank Laura A
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is a site increasing in it's popularity due to it's historical significance. Dating back to before the Egyptian Pyramids, we were told the local town people from Caral (which the site is named after) are involved in the excavation and take pride in the...More

Thank Janice S
Reviewed July 28, 2018

My partner loves history but this was disappointing. Not what I had anticipated and for the price of a tour and for the length of time to get here from Miraflores we really felt that we wasted a day of our trip to see this....More

Thank Caomhie
Reviewed July 4, 2018

This old remnants of “pyramids” was definitely a highlight of our city tour and the first stop. Of course one cannot expect it to be like Egypt but definitely worth having a look for the history’s sake!

Thank Kalindi D
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Our family of four went to the Caral Ruins - remnants of the 5,000 year-old civilization north of Lima. Standing on the ground where our fellow Homo sapiens lived productive lives in a thriving commune 5,000 years ago was very special. The conjectured connections to...More

1  Thank Yoko F
Reviewed April 28, 2018

I would never, ever work with Viator again. I have traveled around the world on my own and am not easily confused when working with a travel company. And, I speak fluent Spanish so this wasn't the source of the miscommunication. The website is deceptive...More

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Patrick C
April 7, 2017|
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Response from Danny P | Reviewed this property |
Im sorry but I dont know any tour companies. We went with a private tour. If you have a car you can drive by yourself. The way from the highway is a bit hidden and its like 10km ofroad driving to the site. Also there are no... More
March 30, 2017|
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Response from VG73 | Reviewed this property |
Heat and sun exposure are the main concerns. There is a good 30 min walk from the parking lot plus about 1 hr visit but I assume you guys are in good enough shape to carry the baby in a carrier. Stroller is not a good... More
Adelheid Z
September 25, 2015|
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Response from Mario M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it is open from 9 to 5 every day, when you get there they normally assemble a group and take them on a tour of the ruins, highly recommended to understand what you are looking at. I recommend taking the Mirabus tour as... More