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Address: Av. Las Lomas de la Molina 327 | Urb. Las Lomas de la Molina Vieja, Lima, Peru
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+51 1 2052500
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08:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:30
Sat 09:00 - 12:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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USD 119.00*
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Caral Archaeological Site Day Trip from Lima
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USD 318.00*
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Caral Archaeological Site Biking Tour from Lima
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Caral Archaeological Site from Lima

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The Oldest City--to date--in the Americas

Caral is the oldest known urban centre in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the time of the Egyptian pyramids. Recent archaeology suggests there may be another urban... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2013
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Canada
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2013

Caral is the oldest known urban centre in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the time of the Egyptian pyramids. Recent archaeology suggests there may be another urban centre--also part of the Norte Chico civilization of which Caral is a part--that is even older but this is yet to be confirmed. Caral is located about 230 km. northeast of Lima... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2013

Me and my wife went to see Caral because when planning our trip to Lima we found out about this incredible civilization of 5000 years ago, contemporary of Mesopotamia, but isolated from other civilizations. The site was more impressive than we expected. If you are going to visit Peru, we highly recommend that you take one day to visit Caral.... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2013

Even 20 years ago, no one suspected there would be a great civilization discovered along the arid Peruvian coast, a preceramic civilization that sprang up well before the great Chavin ceramic culture in the mountains. The Norte Chico Civilization is currently dated to 2800 BC and pushing further back as more excavations are underway. It was composed of more than... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

If you want to learn about the civilizations of the New World that rival those in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece for their antiquity and splendor you must visit Caral for its pyramids, Chan Chan, the Temples of the Sun and Moon near Trujillo, the Lord of Sipan museum in Chiclayo and the Pachacamac site and Nazca lines which are south... More 

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Ntexas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2013

We (2) were taken buy Peru Golden Shuttle in a private car to Caral. We entered thru a back road so we did not have the 45 minute hike across the river and desert to the site. Because of their relations with the in-house site guides we were able to proceed with Elizabeth as our private guide. We visited each... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Very unique place. I didn't expect something like this only 2.5 hours outside of the crowded and a bit chaotic Lima. The site is really old and also in its most original form. Because this place hasn't been fully commercialized, there weren't many tourists at all and we were able to go up really close to the actual pyramids to... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed 11 December 2012 via mobile

I'm in Lima for a week and getting pretty bored. So I decided to go see the pyramids at Caral today. I used Perú Smile (because of a few good reviews here) and was very pleased w the service. For one, I emailed the company at like NINE PM last night wanting to go today. I really didn't think it... More 

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Huntington Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2012

Caral was hard to find even for the local driver I got in Barranca (about 20 min drive). On the way, we saw women mashing grain with clubs just like they have done for years. The river was way down so our rented compact car made it fine. The site is dry so water, cap, sunblock, and good shoes are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2012

It seems the ruins have undergone some nice upgrade with most explanation boards in spanish/english and interpretation centre (spanish only). You have to be accompanied onsite to ensure its preservation. (ruins about 5000 years old) I went there on myself and public transport from Lima, a bit long trip (6h one-way, a bit more on the way back as there... More 

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Visit the Caral ruins and make sure you schedule lunch in Barranca at Tato. Great Tacu Tacu stuffed either with flounder (lenguado0 or sea food (mariscos). If you start early from Lima, say 8:00 am, you can be at the ruins by 10:30. Tour takes 2 hours, then for lunch and return to Lima

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