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Pachacamac: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

1. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

2. From Lima: Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco and Chorrillos Tour

On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranco, where you’ll take a walk by the Bridge of Sighs, La Ermita Church and other buildings that date from Lima’s colonial era.

Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

3. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marvel at the pyramid-shaped temples such as the Aboditos Temple, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, and the Temple of the Sun. Visit the on-site museum which displays artifacts including pottery, textiles, shell and stone ornaments, and a wooden Pachacamac idol.

Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

4. Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

Discover everything Lima has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit Pachacamac, a pre-Inca archaeological complex, and contemplate what it was like to have lived during those times. Drive through Pantanos de Villa, a preserved area in the middle of the city, known for its natural beauty. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a family house turned into a restaurant. Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, walk its streets and enjoy the ocean views and visit the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, visit The Convent of San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its chilling catacombs. Walk the streets of Lima and take in the Parque de la Reserva, included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest fountain complex in the world and observe a unique show of lights and music.

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What people are saying about Pachacamac

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 205 reviews

I was very happy with the tour and the guide was excellent. He displayed much knowledge and passion for his job. Visiting Pachacamac is a must in order to have a clear understanding of the evolution of the Incan civilization. The onsite museum is filled with important artifacts and tells a detailed story of the Peruvian people before and after Spanish conquest. Great experience!!

Greta, my guide, has been phenomenal. He has a very large command of the history of the sanctuary. The visit has been very pleasant. Thanks also to the driver of the vehicle, extremely attentive and friendly at all times. I recommend making this visit to those of you who are in Lima and surroundings

I really recommend this trip. It was really interesting. Guide was a very nice person who gave us many useful information. Car was really clean and driver was great so we felt safe. We even received water and some snacks.

Greatly organized tour, well structured and consistent. Good combination of city view and historical heritages. Very qualified guide Andrea, and very nice. -) Highly recommended!

Totally worth a visit! Really amazing if you like historical sites