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Huaca Pucllana, Lima

Must see · Historic Site · Ruin
In stark contrast to the skyscrapers and modern infrastructure surrounding it, the steep stones of Huaca Pucllana boast more than 1,000 years of history. The adobe pyramid, standing in what is now the center of Peru's capital, was built by before 700 CE by the pre-Inca people known as the Lima. Constructed from seven rising platforms, the pyramid served as a power base for elite clergymen, from which they controlled the affairs of society. Gaze upon the pyramid and imagine the mystical ceremonies that were conducted in this holy place more than a thousand years ago. Make Huaca Pucllana a centerpiece of your Lima vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lima route planner.
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  • "HUACA" is a term used to describe an ancient place of worship, usually a pyramid made of thousands if not millions of sun dried mud bricks. This is a spectacular place that has en excellent...  more »
  • Huaca Pucllana is a nice quick tour that you can take while visiting Lima. I was able to take a guided tour while spending 12 hours in Lima on a layover. There is a restaurant and bar on site, and.....  more »
  • Visiting "Huaca Pucllana" is absolutely unmissable at any trip to Lima. The awesome great adobe and clay pyramid was built between 200 and 700 AD, representing an important ceremonial and...  more »
  • An archaeological site among the modern buildings in the city. The entrance fee is s/15 for foreign visitors. A guided tour is provided for every one. During the daytime you can climb onto the top of the pyramid however during the evening it is forbidden to go up. There is also a mini zoo and a mini botanic garden inside the site and the guide will provide you with profound explanation about local animals and plants.
  • Really interesting historical site. Definitely a must see with a guide so you truly understand the full history. It is very well preserved and well restored. They are still working on restoring more but most of it is uncovered now. There were 25 ancient cultures before the Inca, this is one of them. It's pretty easy to walk around and there is a small museum at the entrance which really explains a lot so don't miss that. But even with that make sure you get a guide as they fill in all the Blanks. Plus you are supporting the locals. Great for all ages.
  • 15 soles entry. Some good production value has been out into the exhibition room with atmospheric music and cool artifacts with good explanations in English. The tour itself was great and our tour guide had great English (included in the ticket price). He explained about not only the archaeological site itself but showed us Peruvian/Liman fruit, vegetables and animals. Some good examples set up with mannequins to explain the way it was built and about their culture.
  • Very interesting historical place. Get a guide so you get to know everything about it. I found an unofficial guide close to the entrance and bargained for the guidance price, but I didn't know that the guide is included in the price so be careful. Ended up paying 30 soles for the whole thing, however, it was 1 on 1 so I had a pleasant conversation with the guide. If you're going with kids there's a mini zoo with alpacas, guinea pigs and ducks at the back, which could be fun for them.
  • Really good tour of an interesting place. It is quite exposed during the day so it is best to wear a hat and put on a shirt with long sleeves and long trousers. The sun is deceptive in Lima. The air temperature is not that high but the sun is extremely strong. The guides are covered head to toe and carry an umbrella for as shade. Best to follow their lead.

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