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Address: Av. Las Lomas de la Molina 327 | Urb. Las Lomas de la Molina Vieja, Lima, Peru
Phone Number:
(01)205-2500
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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$119.00*
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Caral Archaeological Site Day Trip from Lima
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$318.00*
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Caral Archaeological Site Biking Tour from Lima
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$245.00*
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Caral Archaeological Site from Lima

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Caral the most ancient city in the world.....?

Things to know about visiting Caral. Is a 3 hours drive from Lima. The last 10 km is on an unpaved road so really bumpy. The place is well maintained and growing in the amount of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Danny P
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Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Things to know about visiting Caral. Is a 3 hours drive from Lima. The last 10 km is on an unpaved road so really bumpy. The place is well maintained and growing in the amount of visiting tourists. So go now when its not overwelmed yet. The guides are well knowledged and fun to listen to. Not all speak English,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Very interesting site. Best to allow 2 days for the visit a long four + hour drive on the Pan-American north from Lima. Not many tour companies have trips therefore best to rent a car and drive yourself. Good guides available at Caral.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We were only here a short time ,but were impressed by the museum.It was very well laid out and the information was in both Spanish and English. We were only able to do the drive through tour of the ruins, but it was fascinating to see the work that had already been done.

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Buenos Aires
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

The oldest city in the Americas, this archeological wonder takes a while to get to from Lima (3-4 hours). The tour I went on was rushed and we were not given much time to explore on our own. You must enter the site with an authorized guide and they have the standard route down, so you can't vary. It's a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Caral is a nice ways out of town from Lima, this day trip is going to be a little of a let down if you've already gone to Machu Picchu, but it is definitely worth seeing if you got time to kill in Lima. The museum on site is small but very beautifully built and maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Caral was the highlight of a 13 day trip to Peru. Our holiday itinerary was put together with the help of Real World who specialise in holidays in South America. We had a private tour, setting off from Lima, which is a 3.5 hr drive, primarily on the motorway, until you near the site when the final 40 mins or... More 

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Wasatch Range, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Perhaps the oldest site , some 5500 year old ruins. A must if your into ancient culture. It takes a bit to get there but worth the experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

It is interest and important to see. It is true that there are no magnificent buildings (like Machu Picchu), and please take into account that it is basically an open archaeological site. You will not be able to walk the place by yourself (as in Machu Picchu and many other sites around Cusco), but the orientadores are really good and... More 

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Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

You will not find incredible buildings, but is vey interesting to visit a 5000 year old city! You can walk to rich the entrance (from the parking lot) or hire a horse ride.

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Plainville,Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We went in the off season, not too many visitors. The guides don't speak English but if you can translate for the group you can get in free. We paid 11 soles each and 20 soles for the guide. The guide wss good but you had to ask him the questions to get information out of him. What a great... More 

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