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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 is one of those places that is a surprise find. It's just over 3 hours north of Lima and not too crowded, if you go mid week you may be lucky enough to get the place to yourself. It's the second...  more »
  • 4 hours away. Leave before rush hour. Read before and enjoy the only mother city still standing. Take water confotmtable walking shoes and an open mind  more »
  • We took a organised tour to Caral which included a local tour guide from the sight, who only spoke Spanish. It was still pretty impressive. The place is really big and well preserved.  more »