Ancient Caral full day
Cod 1014 CARAL FULL DAY
Price from 195 USD
Departures Daily & early star 8 am.
Visit one of the oldest civilisation in Peru. This program will take your breath away and transport you on time to witness an incredible ancient site in the coast of Perú.
Sometime before 3200 BC, if not 3500 BC, something happened in the Norte Chico in Peru, an agronomical no-go area, where hardly anything grows. This, however, is the site where the oldest traces of a “genuine civilisation” – pyramids included – were found in America.
Here, at least 25 large ceremonial/residential sites have so far been found, of which Caral has become the most famous. The North Chico, roughly 100 km north of the Peruvian capital Lima, consists of four narrow river valleys, from south to north, the Huaura, Supe, Pativilca, and Fortaleza. The ancient pyramids of Caral predate the Inca civilisation by 4000 years, but were flourishing a century before the pyramids of Gizeh. No surprise therefore that they have been identified as the most important archaeological discovery since the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911.
In the morning at 08:00hrs approx. Pick-up from your hotel to begin the excursion of Caral. Journey time, approximately 2:30 hours until the Kilometer 184, before reaching the village of Supe.
Upon arrival in Caral, you will start a walking tour with the local guide. Passing by the zone known as Sacred Fire, a little temple in which fireplace where found remains of coal, bones, seeds and quartz. Then you will see one of the most outstanding buildings of Caral known as the amphitheatre, where lies a circular plaza with ceremonial features, where archaeologist believes the men of Caral carried out religious ceremonies.
Continuing the visit you will pass by the Greater Pyramid, a strikingly large building located in a dominating position within the urban plan of Caral. At the site was found the corpse of a young man who was probably sacrificed in honour to local gods. From one side of the pyramid you will be able to make out the green Valley of Caral that lies just behind the pyramid. Following the tour, you will reach the pyramid called Huanca, a small building overlooking a mysterious monolith.
Archaeologists believe that this monolith was used for astronomical and ceremonial purposes. Afterwards you will leave the ruins of Caral and will drive to Huacho city, where you will have lunch at a local tourist restaurant. Finally return to Lima, and transfer to your hotel; arriving around 17:00hrs.
What is included
- All transfers as specified in the itinerary.
- Entrances to all attractions specified in the itinerary.
- Guided tour (English & Spanish speaking guide).
- Shared services.
What is not included
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Meals not mentioned.
- Extra expenses.
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