Zona Arqueologica caral
Zona Arqueologica caral
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AFV66
United States125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I would not have heard about Caral if not for looking for a place to stay on our way to the north of Peru with the Panamerica Norte. The place is an 1/2 hour from the Panamericana, and not very well indicated, but the site is spectacular. When you know that you walk in a site of more than 5000 years old, which is the oldest known site in the Americas, and certainly one of the oldest in the world, you feel little and modest. Some people considered that it is not worth visiting, they are plainly wrong given the age and the preservation of several temples and places on the site. Morever, the valley itself seemed to have a string of other places that are still untouched and gives a touch of magic to that whole place. There are guides and people working on the site, but Caral would benefit from a better signaling from the Panamericana.
Written 12 November 2023
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The ruins of the pyramids, residences, temples and courtyards are very impressive. Not many visitor due to COVID but there should. This is a very important historical site with lots to see and learn. It is over 4,000 years old!
Written 6 May 2021
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sam hidrixs
Baja California, Mexico3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This site is very special. For the oldest known ruins in the Americas - the buildings and town planning are very sophisticated.
We were stunned and also pleased, by how quiet the site is. there are not big tour groups, we only saw few groups there.
The guides only speak Spanish, hopolly we understand Spanish litle bit, but even though we only speak English - they speak with such passion that we could understand it all rather well.
Written 8 January 2020
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amikoonse
Warroad, MN67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
IMO this place was much more enjoyable to visit than Machu Picchu. No crowds, very reasonably priced, you can drive from Lima, and covers a large area with multiple structures. The tour guide was knowledgeable and everyone was friendly. The market in the site was reasonably priced. A backpack under $20 and T-shirts for under $10. Amazing place!
Written 19 October 2019
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Nicole
Portland, OR26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Before the Inca, the Greeks, the Romans, the Phoenicians, before the Chinese, there were the people of Caral. Their pyramids were built before the great pyramids of Egypt. It was amazing to walk the archeological site of the oldest civilization in the Americas, and to see a glimpse of life 5,000 years ago.

Not many make it out to Caral, but it’s well worth the visit. These ruins may not be as picturesque as Manchu Picchu, but they are no less worthy!
Written 6 October 2019
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Debra
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We chose Peru Caral Tour Company because their tour offered visits to both Caral and Bandurria. WHY Caral? It is older that the Egyptian pyramids! Why Bandurria? It is older than Caral! Here is why I highly recommend PeruCaraltours.com. Hilda booked our tour for three adults, and patiently dealt with my credit card company. She also answered my many inquires quickly. Our hotel pickup was prompt. We had a private vehicle. Our driver was Pedro and our tour guide Luis Rivera. Luis was previously a history teacher and easily filled our travel time with the history of Peru. Driver Pedro had previously worked in agriculture and identified the crops growing in the Supe Valley enroute to Caral. His driving skills were a bonus in the heavy Peruvian city traffic and rural rough roads. Luis was our English guide at Caral. Government Peruvian guides are required to guide you through the architectural site, but Luis provided us with the English translation so that we understood what we were seeing. Our tour included a fabulous lunch in Huacho at the Restaurant El Caral Cevicheria. This was our first true Peruvian meal complete with local fish and a Pisco Sour. Luis described all the available entries so that we understood what we were ordering and by our request, joined us at our table for more stories and local flavor. Bandurria was closed due to it being Mother’s Day, so the tour company approved a substitution to visit the Lima Water Park. The three evening shows are similar to Disney World’s water shows. Luis and Pedro provided us with a great, memorable, day-long adventure.
Written 26 May 2019
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
It is amazing that an archeological site of this incredible importance (the oldest in South America) still as quite and unvisited as this one. A great state of conservation for a 5000 years set of construction with amazing historical facts. And you have the site almost for yourself. Recommended
Written 11 March 2019
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hbkm
Leverkusen, Germany331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
The downside of this archeological site first: It is pretty far off the track. It is a good four hour ride from Lima, so if this is the only reason for you to go to Caral, think twice before spending a total of eight hours in the car.

On the other hand, it is a site noticeably better financed and maintained than many others in Peru. There are stands with information in the entrance area and the path through the ruins is well maintained and even wheelchair accessible. Mind, though, there are two roads reaching the site. One lets you drive to a parking lot right in front of the entrance, the other one, however, lets you park on the other side of the river. From there the path is about 20-30 minutes and this path is not wheelchair accessible. If you can, the walk is worth it, though, as they put information about the local flora and fauna.

About the ruins itself; old rocks and sand. Interesting for anybody who is interested in history and who does his reading beforehand. Not so interesting if you come for spectacular views or impressive architecture.
Written 4 February 2019
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Ticana Z
Cleveland, OH28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
David with Caral Journeys picked up our group promptly at 6:15am from our airbnb. During the 3.5 hrs drive north through various districts of Lima and countryside, he filled us in on the history of Caral and other interesting facts about Lima. He even brought us brown bagged snacks in case we missed breakfast.

The tour of Caral itself was only about 2 hrs. There is a small museum on site with artifacts and photo boards explaining the history of the region and pre-Colombian civilizations in the area. We picked up a local guide, Roxanna/Rosanna who only spoke in Spanish. David translated for us and we got to learn more about Caral. It was a lovely contrast to see the sand and desert against the lush Supe Valley in the distance.

The only disappointment was how low the miradors (viewing points) were. I wasn't able to see into the amphitheaters or more than just the sides of the pyramids. The aerial views you see online are much more impressive. However it was an amazing experience to walk where some of the first humans on earth walked. There are some small shops for souvenirs and some interactive activities for kids.

On the way back, we stopped at El Rosal for lunch which was covered by the tour agency. The Caral site has only been open for about 15 years and doesn't have too much to offer if you're looking for something for commercial. However our group was full of history and archaeology buffs and we enjoyed it immensely.
Written 5 October 2017
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BillyOaks
Pacific Pines, Australia408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
Having some spared days in Lima we decided to take a couple of day trips. I've been always interested in Archeology so Caral was the logical option. Reaching the site is a bit of a pain due the horrendous traffic leaving Lima however the place is worth the time. Ancient pyramids being unearthed in front of us, buildings that date to the time of the Egyptians and in general ancient history in every corner. Definitely a must for anyone interested in ancient history
Written 29 September 2017
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