Journey to the Pachacamac ruins, built by a pre-Incan civilization.
Depart from the cruise ship pier and travel along the Panamerican Highway towards the Pachacamac ruins.
Your tour begins with a drive to Pachacamac, located about 19 miles to the south of Lima. During pre-Inca and Inca times, it was the most important ceremonial center of the Peruvian Coast. Constructed around 700 A.D., early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God, “Pachacamac,” who was believed to be the creator of the world and its creatures.
The city, which is four square miles, is divided into two parts: the sacred and temporal.
The Temple to the God of Creation was once the largest structure, and contained altars for sacrificial ceremonies. Traces remain of vivid frescoes that decorated the interior, and evidence shows that doors were elaborately inlaid with turquoise, coral, and rock crystal.
Situated in an extremely arid climate, the adobe buildings remained in astonishingly good condition until a freak storm in the 1920s caused massive erosion. Still impressive, these ruins evoke vivid images of the people and culture that once inhabited them.
- This tour includes all transportation, entrance fees, and a great English-speaking guide.
- You will spend approximately 1.5 hours at Pachacamac.
- Please note: Pachacamac is closed on Mondays.
- As a result of port regulations and Callao being primarily a cargo port, you must take a shuttle outside of the main pier area to meet your guide. This waiting and transfer process can take 15-30 minutes. Please book a start time that is 1 hour after you have docked.
Days offered: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday