For those eager to know everything about our diverse cultural heritage, Caral shouldn’t be left behind during your trip to Peru. The so-called oldest civilization of the Americas left a riddle yet to be solved and an impressive structure hidden in the vast Peruvian desert.
This ancient city is believed to be over 5000 years old, a discovery that gave an impressive turn to mankind history in the late 2000. It is believed that Caral was the mother to most Andean civilizations that succeeded it, due to its organization, religious and economic influence across our country.
Likewise, it is considered the oldest city in the Americas, being even contemporary with greater societies as the Egypcian, Chinese and Sumer cultures. Therefore, if you’re looking to spice up your archaeological experience in Peru, this is the way to go!
The day trip to Caral will take you on a historical immersion that you’d wish you could get to know more of what’s already discovered. Uncover the mysteries of the Supe valley and live an authentic experience with our exclusive excursion.
The archeological complex has an extension of 66 hectares and holds over 50 structures, which scholars assume could have served as residential, administrative and ceremonial areas. Likewise, the site is divided into a peripheral and central zone:
- The Central Zone is distributed in two halves. The first one is called Caral Alto and comprehends several public and residential structures, including seven monumental buildings, several residential units, and about four plazas.
The second half is denominated Caral Bajo and it’s composed of an amphitheater, the Circular Altar building and a residential complex.
- The Peripheral Zone contains housing complexes distributed like islets, bordering the valley.
If you wish to know more about the oldest city of the Americas, make sure to read our informative guide about Caral while you’re here.
On this opportunity, you’ll get to experience the Citadel of Caral at its fullest. We want you to feel comfortable, so we have prepared an exclusive itinerary where you’ll get to visit each attraction calmly so you can fully appreciate everything:
06:45h - 07:00h | Pick up from the hotel
Our team will pick you up from your accommodation so we can start our adventure through the first city of the Americas, Caral.
10:00h - 12:00h | Citadel of Caral Tour
It will take us about 3 hours to get to the Citadel of Caral. Once we arrive, you’ll have a guided tour through the main attractions of the place, including the Caral Valley.
12:30h - 14:00h | Lunch stop
Finalizing the tour, we’ll continue to a lunch stop in a small restaurant near the archeological site.
16:00h - 17:00h | Chancay Castle optional visit
On the way back to Lima, you’ll have the option to visit an interesting modern-day attraction in Chancay.
17:00h - 19:00h | Drop off at the hotel
Once we’ve finished our excursion, we’ll drop you off at your accommodation so you can have dinner and a well-deserved rest!
- The private tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
- We recommend taking water and snacks for the way.
- Sunglasses and a scarf are advisable to protect yourself from the sand and strong winds.
If you wish to experience this tour at its fullest, we have the perfect adventure for you. Keep in mind that you can organize your trip according to your interests, we are here to help you with any inquiry you may have, including assistance during your travel planning process.
To book the Caral Full Day Tour, you just need to contact your travel agent. Our local expert team will make sure to optimize your time and experience with a tailored-made travel itinerary for you.
Likewise, we care to provide the best experience to each and every one of our passengers, which is why we count with certified drivers, professional guides, and an all-time monitored car fleet with GPS tracking.
- Duration: 12 hours approx.
- Entrance: All entrance fees are included in the travel package.
- Included: Transport, lunch, entrance fee to caral, english speaking guide, pick up at the hotel.
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