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Caral, Lima
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The site of an ancient civilization similar to Machu Picchu, Caral has a similar historic significance without the huge tourist crowds. The oldest city on the continent, this ancient settlement was inhabited between approximately 2600 BC and 2000 BCE by over 3,000 inhabitants. Explore the more than 60 hectares (148 acres) of space, once home to the Norte Chico civilization, and learn about their society. A couple of hours from the big city, this makes a great day trip from Lima. If you’re driving yourself, be aware that there are tolls along the way, so be prepared with change. Alternatively, you can go with an organized tour group, which generally includes a guide to teach you more about the history and significance of the site. Put Caral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lima vacation builder.
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  • The oldest city in America. Is located in the Valley of knew road Panamericana Norte Km. 184, North of Lima. Deviation right 25.88 km. - 350 m.a.s.l. Almost to the door of entrance to the Citadel, there are restaurants, but they should take care of cleaning. It is an important place and they should give you the respect of the case.
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  • Ruins on the outskirts of Lima. has an interesting Museum and a centre of fine craftwork, cheaper than in other places. The visit only worth with local guides to explain every thing from the site
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  • Very interesting site. Best to allow 2 days for the visit a long four + hour drive on the Pan-American north from Lima. Not many tour companies have trips therefore best to rent a car and drive yourse...  more »