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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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  • I was several years ago, it's a bit away from Lima. You can go and return in a single day, but is tiring. The archaeological remains that are great are visited already in place. There is also an area for meals (lunch) and sale of souvenirs. The ruins are impressive.
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  • I have visited it twice (2005 to 2014) and on both occasions I have felt the shocking place, fills one of questions about the cultural immensity of the Peru. Without doubt it is a site that should be visited. Carry enough sunscreen...
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  • I loved this tour, learn more about their culture, the past and understand the present. Very cool and can go the whole family.
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