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Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

1. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Begin the tour in Barranco, Lima’s most bohemian suburb. We will see Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, the traditional Bridge of Sighs, the colonial homes and its famous boulevard. Next, we will drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial center in the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Throughout the centuries Pachacamac was occupied by many different Andean civilizations such as the Lima’s, the Wari’s, the Ichma’s and finally by the Inca Empire. However, the Pachacamac Oracle always remained a religious center. We will see several pyramidal temples and enclosures from different time periods: the Adobitos & Old Temple (I C. A.D.), the painted Temple (VIII C. A.D.), a pyramid with a ramp (XIII C. A.D) & the Temple of the Sun (XV C. A.D.). Besides the ruins we will also visit an on-site museum displaying pottery, textiles, shell and stone ornaments, as well as the wooden Pachacamac idol found during excavations (1938)

Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

2. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Lima: Pachacamac - Ancient Inca Ruins Tour (Small-group)

3. Lima: Pachacamac - Ancient Inca Ruins Tour (Small-group)

After pickup, head south in order to reach Pachacamac Archeological Site. This is one of the largest religious centers from pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast. Walk around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Temple of the Sun. Incas built here majestic pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon. Admire the architectural precision of the buildings mainly made of mud blocks. Also, learn about the customs and traditions of the pre-Inca civilizations. Finally, discover the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum. Get to know the history of the different artfully displayed artifacts found at the site. Then, drive back to Lima and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Lima: City Tour, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Inca Remains

4. Lima: City Tour, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Inca Remains

Pachacamac Site & Museum This is one of the largest religious centers in ancient Inca times on the Peruvian coast. Remarkable religious compound, buildings from different kingdoms since 200 AD origin. Incas built here majestic pyramids dedicated to the Sun. Admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs and traditions of the ancient civilizations in Peru. Lunch: at midday there will be a break of 1 hour 30 minutes so you can have lunch. We will recommend you some good local restaurants. Lima Historic center Plaza San Martin In the second part of the tour, we visit this Plaza made in 19 hundred to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. The surrounding buildings are great, displaying Neoclassic style. Plaza de Armas (Lima’s main square) Then, we will go to the Main square, the most representative one in Peru where you will see impressive buildings such as “The Presidential Palace”, “The City Hall of Lima”, “The Cathedral” and The Archbishop’s Palace”, etc. San Francisco de Asis Museum & The Catacombs Finally, we will take you to the most interesting museum in downtown Lima. Your expert guide will explain you here about the rich history of Peru’s capital. Explore the underground Catacombs!

Lima:Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco & Chorrillos Private Tour

5. Lima:Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco & Chorrillos Private Tour

On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranco, where you’ll take a walk by the Bridge of Sighs, La Ermita Church and other buildings that date from Lima’s colonial era.

Lima: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Tour Including Museum

6. Lima: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Tour Including Museum

This ancient archaeological site, located on the arid Pacific coast, dates back over a thousand years and is full of fascinating mysteries and legends waiting to be discovered. Begin your tour at the Pachacamac Site Museum, where you will be able to appreciate an impressive collection of artifacts recovered from excavations carried out in the area. From ceramics to textiles to beautiful wooden idols, each piece will tell you a story about the ancient civilizations that inhabited this land. Continue with the visit to the ruins. Throughout the tour, you will observe various adobe and stone structures, witnesses the importance that Pachacamac had as a pilgrimage center for the pre-Inca and Inca cultures. Marvel at the Temple of the Sun, a truncated pyramid rising out of the desert, and the Temple of Pachacamac, a sacred place dedicated to the creator god. As you explore these historic sites, the tour guide will help you discover and tell stories, further enriching your experience. Learn how religious ceremonies were carried out, what daily life was like in this ancient religious center, and how Pachacamac played a crucial role in the history of ancient Peru. The visit to the Sanctuary and Museum of Pachacamac is a unique opportunity to immerse in the vibrant history and culture of Peru.

Lima: Barranco and Temple of Pachacamac Half Day Tour

7. Lima: Barranco and Temple of Pachacamac Half Day Tour

We begin the tour with the departure from centrally located hotels to start the visit at the bohemian district of Barranco, a place full of cultural galleries, coffee shops, and street arts. Also, you will have the opportunity to admire beautiful republican architecture. We will visit the Main Square, and the Bridge of Sighs, when we are going to appreciate the pathway known as Bajada de Baños (Lowered of the baths), a stone road that leads to the beaches of the city. Then, we will visit the Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac, located just 19 miles southeast of Lima. This temple was built in adobe with views to the sea and the valley of Lurin river. It was a pilgrimage site for many cultures that developed in ancient Peru. The first civilizations dated back to 5000 B.C. Upon arrival of the Incas, the complex was adapted to become an administrative center, respecting and adapting the local constructions. Pachacamac has three important sectors as the administrative part, where you can find there the Acllahuasi, the Palace of Tauri Chumpi, and the Pilgrimage Plaza, among others. The religious centers have many temples as the Sun and the Moon, and by last, the domestic zone. We will also visit the Site Museum of Pachacamac to get a better insight and appreciate the salvaged remnants of the area. The district of Barranco was a fishermen neighborhood, and its beaches were very popular for the upper-middle class of Lima, where they built European-style ranches and mansions. During the Pacific War in 1881, the Chilean army occupied the zone looting and destroying almost all the place around, including the Bridge of Sighs, which has been restored on several times. The Temple of the Sun was built by the Incas, when they arrive to the coast of Lima in 1470, and it is the highest part of the complex, with sea orientation. It was built with adobes with red colors, being the biggest temple of the Peruvian coast. The tour ends with the return of each passenger to the selected hotels.

Lima: Private Tour to Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Mateo Salado

8. Lima: Private Tour to Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Mateo Salado

Start a tour of two of the most famous "Huacas", (ceremonial centres or temples) of Lima. First, you will visit Huaca Pucllana in the district of Miraflores, formed by a 25-meter high truncated pyramid of adobe and a set of patios and plazas. Also, the complex has an exhibition room and a restaurant. Then, you will be transferred to Huaca Mateo Salado in the district of Pueblo Libre. This is one of the most important ¨huacas¨ in Lima due to its connection with the Qhapaq Ñan, the Great Inca Trail that united the entire empire. Initially Mateo Salado was a Yschma civilization administrative-ceremonial centre, but then it was occupied by the Incas, being they who enabled the section that united this ¨huaca¨ with Pachacamac, south of Lima. Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Pachacamac Inca Ruins & The Larco Museum Guided Tour

9. Pachacamac Inca Ruins & The Larco Museum Guided Tour

Pachacamac Site and Museum This is one of the largest religious centers in ancient Inca times on the Peruvian coast. Remarkable religious compound, buildings from different kingdoms since 200 AD origin. Incas built here majestic pyramids dedicated to the Sun. Admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs and traditions of the ancient civilizations in Peru. Lunch: at midday there will be a break of 1 hour 30 minutes so you can have lunch. We will recommend you some good local restaurants. The Larco Museum Considered one of the 25 best museums in the world, It is located at a magnificently adapted and restored 18th century mansion in Lima. Its awesome collection covers 5,000 years of the ancient Peruvian history, with 45,000 archaeological objects including jewelry (gold, silver, cooper and precious stones), pottery, metals, textiles, etc.

Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

10. Lima Full-Day Main Attractions Tour

Discover everything Lima has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit Pachacamac, a pre-Inca archaeological complex, and contemplate what it was like to have lived during those times. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a family house turned into a restaurant. Visit the bohemian district of Barranco, walk its streets and enjoy the ocean views and visit the Bridge of Sighs. In the afternoon, visit The Convent of San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its chilling catacombs. Walk the streets of Lima and take in the Parque de la Reserva, included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest fountain complex in the world and observe a unique show of lights and music.

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4.7 / 5

based on 245 reviews

Edwin is a very professional and personable guide. He provided information about Pachacamac and Peruvian history/culture that I otherwise would not have known. I was very glad to have taken this tour, rather than trying to manage a solo trip using public transportation, not only because it was pretty far away, but having Luis (our driver) take us through the enormous site was a lot more comfortable than walking under the heat of a blazing sun. Incredible historic site and small but informative museum are well worth the trip.

Van picked us up right on time. Our tour guide, Susan was very knowledgeable about the ruins. She made it a fun experience for my friends and I! I definitely recommend checking out the ruins while you are in Lima.

Excellent tour with your guide Edwin. Very informative about the cultures that occupied Lima many centuries before the Spanish. The structures are huge!

Short, punctual, informative- very likable guide and dependable transportation. Recommended!

Very nice. Our guide was very educated and explained all very well