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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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  • Caral civilization dates back to approximately 5,000 years, thus being the second in the world after Mesopotamia and before other more famous such as Egypt and Mexico. The constructions pyramidal come being rebuilt and saved great similarity with after later in other places of the world. Do not miss it!
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  • I have not Heard about it untill I started reading about Peru. Dates back to the same time as early Egyptian pyramids but not in as good conditions. The site and the story are fascinating. How many pe...  more »
  • Center of the oldest trade in the world, recovered by a great friend that allowed access very organized Illustrator and exciting place.
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