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Caral: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

1. Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and head on the Panamerican Highway to the citadel of Caral. During the trip, you will be served some fruits, cookies, and drinks on board for you to enjoy. Since it's a long drive and a private tour, stops are available during the tour. Before arriving in Caral, admire the beautiful landscapes of the Supe Valley, that is famous for the cultivation of products like avocados, potatoes, onions, strawberries, maracuyas, chili pepper and many more. Later, there will be a guided tour by the citadel where you will observe the great pyramids and the valley of Supe. The pyramids are believed to be built around the year 5000 B.C. You will visit the circular terraces, residential areas, pyramids, amphitheater, and main plazas. This private tour has been prepared to help you understand the history of the culture of ancient Peru. After the tour to Caral, you will visit Huacho, a populated city famous for its delicious dishes such as lomo saltado, rice with duck, seco a la huachana, milanesa de pollo, among many others. You will also visit a typical restaurant in front of the sea and enjoy lunch with dishes and drinks from the region. After lunch, you can choose to explore the beach of Huacho and see how the fishermen of the area work. You will return to Lima at approximately 5:30 PM.

From Barranca: Discover the Ancient Sites Caral & Bandurria

2. From Barranca: Discover the Ancient Sites Caral & Bandurria

Explore the ancient sites of Caral, a sacred city, and Bandurria, an ancient fishing village, and learn about each site's history while seeing their ancient buildings with an experienced guide. Begin the day with pickup from the main hotels in the city at 6:00 am, and head north until reaching the archaeological site where the ruins of the sacred city of Caral remain. Marvel at pyramids, temples, and astronomical centers more than five thousand years old, part of one of the first cities of the Americas. Learn about Caral, located in the Supe Valley, which is the cradle of the Andean civilization and is considered the third oldest place with human settlement in the world, behind Mesopotamia and Egypt. Take an hour of free time to enjoy lunch after learning about the civilization of Caral, and then head toward the area of the Wetlands of Paradise. Visit the archaeological complex of Bandurria, an old fishing village. See its pyramids, mounds, and circular areas similar to those of Caral before approaching a natural viewpoint from which there is a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Albufera Paraíso. End the visit to Bandurria, begin the journey back to Lima, and be dropped off at the same location as pickup at approximately 8:00 pm.

From Miraflores: Caral the Oldest Civilization in America

3. From Miraflores: Caral the Oldest Civilization in America

Understand more about Peruvian history with this tour of Caral from Miraflores. Experience the beauty of these ancient ruins in a stunning desert and learn more about ancient construction, agriculture, and irrigation systems. Be picked up early by your guide at 6:00 AM from your accommodation and enjoy the scenic coast of Lima as you relax. Stop for breakfast at 7:30, and get some recommendations from your guide. Find out about the 2nd oldest place in the world located in the middle of mountains 190 km north of Lima. Start your tour of Caral at 10:00 AM and listen as your expert guide enlightens you with information about what you see. Head back to Lima at about 1:30 PM and stop for a nice lunch with plenty of seafood options. Get back to your hotel at about 6:30 PM after a fulfilling day of sightseeing.

Lima: Caral Tour - The First Civilization of America

4. Lima: Caral Tour - The First Civilization of America

The first Oldest Civilization in America is located about 200 km north of Lima. Where, we will know the beginnings of the development of Peru about 5000 years ago. Headquarters of the first Andean civilization that forged the foundations of its own unique social organization, which along with Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Mesoamerica are the original centers of culture in the world. It is made up of 32 monumental buildings, comprised in a complex system of settlements that show a strong religious ideology, among which are ceremonial buildings, residential sectors for people of different social rank, a set of smaller temples and workshops for production. We will also observe the place where offerings were made to the gods, as well as their ceremonies, rituals, festivities, agriculture, fishing and, most importantly, we will learn the importance of the quipus (accounting system). After finishing the visit of Caral we will have lunch and then return to Lima.

From Lima: Full-Day Private Tour of Caral

5. From Lima: Full-Day Private Tour of Caral

Discover Caral, the most ancient city in the Americas and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn from an expert local guide on a private tour and visit the pyramids and main squares. Get picked up from y our hotel in an, air-conditioned vehicle and begin your private tour by heading to Northern Lima. After a comfortable 4-hour ride, you will arrive in Caral. Explore the oldest urban complex in America responsible for redefining much of what historians believed about ancient civilizations in the Americas. Visit 5,000-year-old pyramids, squares, atriums, and altars and learn about the various sacred rituals which were performed there. Grab a spot in the shade and enjoy some lunch, then head back to Lima City to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Lima: Caral Full Day Tour

6. From Lima: Caral Full Day Tour

This incredible day tour starts with the pick up at the hotel located in the city of Lima, and then, we will take the north path to leave the city of Lima away. During our way to the city of Caral in Supe, we are going to make a short stop to eat breakfast (optional). In a total journey of 113 miles north of Lima (circa 5 hours), we will arrive to the Valley of Supe, in the province of Barranca, the place that houses the famous Sacred City of Caral. Officially discovered in 1948, Caral has an area of more than 60 hectares with important urban settlements such as pyramidal structures, squares, amphitheater, as well as residential complexes. The Caral civilization belongs to the late archaic period with 5000 years old, and it was developed between the years 3000 to 1800 BC. Our professional guide will show us this fantastic city in a tour of 2 hours, with the opportunity to admire the advance develop of this Andean civilization, such as the construction of irrigation canals with water reserves, as well as cultural traditions and religious rituals. The Supe River pass in front of the great pyramid creating a beautiful landscape. You will be amazed by this archaeological wonder, declared as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2009. After the visit to the site of Caral the sacred city, we are going to have time to enjoy lunch in nearby restaurants to the archaeological area (optional). At the end of this amazing experience, we will back to Lima, and drop you off at the hotel.

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What people are saying about Caral

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4.5 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Caral is a very interesting place, still under development and that is why it is more attractive. The hypotheses are just being developed and there are many unknowns.