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Caral, Lima

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#8 of 30 in Historic Sites in 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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  • These ruins should be more promoted. Pre-Inca are of great archaeological importance. He is difficult to reach them, given that he must travel several kilometers by dirt roads.
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  • North of Lima is the archaeological site of Caral. UNESCO site of the year 2007. There are excavations of piramid period long before the Incas. The site is about 4 hours away from Lima.
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  • The story of a civilization told live you can imagine how they lived the incas every detail tells a little about this place
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