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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. To visit Caral and other attractions in Lima, use our Lima online road trip planner .
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  • went with my nephews that were 2 and 5. not kids friendly place and it was too hot to be walking around with them. tour itself was ok.  more »
  • Caral we went with a large group of Chileans with 6 children of 11 years which were impressed with the place. Dino, our guide, was able to capture the attention of children making this excursion outside magic
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  • Great place to visit for history buffs. It doesnt knock you over with outstanding sites, but you absorb the significance of this find.  more »
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