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“Old Place”
Review of Pachacamac

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Private Tour: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Including Barranco District
Ranked #20 of 335 things to do in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“Old Place”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is a good excursion from Lima if you have the time and if pre-Columbian history interests you. It also depends on your guide as doing this on your own is probably not a good idea (things are that self explanatory just like anywhere else). This site went through several different cultures/peoples depending on how much you accept these foreign imposed definitions. The last group to take over was the Inca, although it is not quite properly an Inca site in the same way other places are. A lot has been reconstructed, but it is still very much in ruin. The heavy dust gives the place a very old feeling, much different than being in the city. Also, at the top you get a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

Visited November 2012
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“Andean ancestors”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Very old place with a nice view to the Ocean. Our guide explained the nice story about the little islands. You will not see as much stobnes as in Cusco, but great reminds even if big distruction happened.

Visited September 2012
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New Brunswick
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“You'll need a guide to appreciate this site.”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a huge, dry and dusty ruin, and you need a bit of imagination and/or a good guide to truly appreciate it. Numerous civilizations occupied the site as a religous centre rather than a political capital over several thousands of years, your guide can point out the different building styles, etc. that differentiate the various successive cultures. We explored with a guide from Lima Mentor, highly recommended. The small museum is quite good too.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting but not a must see”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The site was sadly not well treated by time - its ruins are mostly in a very ruinous place. It's an interesting site, and worth a look if you are interested in Peru's history and have extra time. However, it's not worth it IMHO if your time in Lima is limited.

Visited September 2012
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Good first Lima experience”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

The place is newly discovered and works are still going on. It shows the social structure of the elite living quaters. I liked it, ut it became forgotten when i saw Machupicchu.

Visited September 2012
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