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Sacred City of Caral-Supe Tours

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Sacred City of Caral-Supe
The oldest city yet unearthed in the Americas, the Sacred City of Caral-Supe is among Peru’s most impressive archeological sites. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site covers 148 acres (60 hectares) in the arid Supe Valley and was first inhabited between 2600 and 2000 BC. Today, the site is a popular day trip from Lima.

The Basics
The city of Caral is thought to be the oldest center of civilization in the Americas and is exceptionally well preserved. Excavations have uncovered an elaborate 5,000-year-old metropolis of temples, sunken plazas, and some of the largest terraced pyramids in the world. The site also boasts an intriguing collection of artifacts, including examples of quipu—a unique knot system used to record data—and a number of musical instruments fashioned from animal bones. 

You can explore Caral on your own or opt for a guided tour. Some walking and cycling tours also include other popular attractions in and around Lima, such as the city’s historical center, the pre-Columbian site in Miraflores or, the Inca settlement Pachacamac. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a special circuit for visitors with disabilities; contact your tour provider in advance to make arrangements.
  • The site has a food area that serves a limited number of snacks and refreshments. 
  • Caral-Supe is located in a desert; bring sun protection and bottled water.
How to Get There
Caral is located in the Supe Valley, about 200 miles (321 kilometers) north of Lima. The drive from Lima, along Route 1N, takes  about 3 hours. You can also reach the site via public transportation: Take a bus from the center of Lima that heads to Barranca, and have them drop you in the Supe District. From there, you’ll need to take a taxi the rest of the way; the remaining drive takes about 45 minutes. 
 
When to Get There
Caral is open all year round, from morning until late afternoon, with slightly extended hours Friday–Sunday. Arrive at least two hours before closing time. The best time to visit Lima (especially if you want to visit Cusco or trek to Machu Picchu) is in the winter (May–September), when there is the least amount of rain. The summer months (December–March) are warmer but wetter; Lima is very foggy in the summer.

Caral-Supe Civilization
Dating back more than 5,000 years, the complex at Caral is considered the birthplace of all Andean culture. The metropolis is thought to have been the administrative center of a cluster of 18 sites within the Supe Valley, which together form what archeologists refer to as the Caral-Supe Civilization. Together, these sites represent the earliest known urban settlements in the Americas, predating the Olmecs by a thousand years.
Address: Caral, Peru
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Caral Archaeological Site Day Trip from Lima

Caral Archaeological Site Day Trip from Lima

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Peru has no shortage of archaeological wonders, but the ancient ruins of Caral are among the most significant, believed to be the oldest civilisation in the Americas. This full-day small-group tour from Lima includes a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed ruins, spectacular views over the Supe Valley, and lunch at a local restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.00
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Caral, The Oldest Civilization of America: Full-Day Tour from Lima

Caral, The Oldest Civilization of America: Full-Day Tour from Lima

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Come and enjoy this amazing day trip in Caral which is the oldest known civilization in America. Developed simultaneously with the ancient culture of Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago. The archeological site of Caral is among Peru's most impressive ruins. The UNESCO World Heritage listed site covers an area of around 60 hectares in the arid Supe Valley and was first inhabited between 2600 BCE and 2000 BCE. Although initially discovered back in 1948, recent excavations of Caral revealed an elaborate complex of temples, sunken plazas and some of the largest terraced pyramids in the world, leading archeologists to ponder the chance Caral being the fabled Mother City of ancient civilizations. Now open to the public, the site has garnered acclaim for its beautifully preserved ruins and intriguing collection of artefacts, which include a quipu (a unique knot system) and a number of musical instruments fashioned from animal bones, but definitely, no trace of warfare or weaponry.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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Caral, The most advanced civilization in the Americas. Unique tour!

Caral, The most advanced civilization in the Americas. Unique tour!

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We take you to the citadel, cradle of the oldest civilization in America, with specialized guides, who will make your trip an unforgettable experience. We will go on a private tour to the north of Lima and after 4 hours reach the deepest part of the mountains where the sacred city of Caral is located. Guided tour with a local guide, who will explain step by step the evolutionary process of such a majestic culture. We will eat typical Peruvian food, especially in that part of the city, seafood or Creole food, then return to Lima. Caral is currently one of the 10 things to do in your visit to Peru!
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  • 12 hours
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$194.88
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Experience Caral: The Oldest City of America from Lima

Experience Caral: The Oldest City of America from Lima

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Visit Peru's Supe Valley without the stress of planning logistics on this intimate small-group tour that includes snacks, admission tickets, and the convenience of round-trip hotel transport. Going with a guide ensures you learn the function of unmarked ruins in Caral, the oldest center of civilization in the Americas, as well as visit a hidden gem beach town known for its views and seafood.
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  • 10 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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CARAL, the Oldest Civilization in América

CARAL, the Oldest Civilization in América

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacred City of Caral-Supe is an amazing attraction, but it can be challenging to tour on your own in just one day. This guided tour from Lima makes a day trip not only possible, but easy, convenient, and packed with information. Your guide takes you through the museum and ruin site, and comfortable transportation brings you to and from your Lima accommodation without a hitch.
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  • 16 hours
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$199.00
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Millennial city of Caral + Half world Lagoons

Millennial city of Caral + Half world Lagoons

This tour combines the traditional visit to some of the oldest archeological centers of Peru and America with a natural space like few others in the world.
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  • 12 hours
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$297.44
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Citadel Of Caral And Archaeological Center Of Bandurria

Citadel Of Caral And Archaeological Center Of Bandurria

Our added value is the Quality of Service and Personalized Service in each of our confirmations.
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  • 12 hours
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$169.24
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Caral Tour

Caral Tour

• The passenger has a pleasant experience • Pleasant visit • Shared tours / Share tours maximum 15 passengers (Group management 15 people maximum) • Unforgetable experience • Total passenger safety • Modern Units (Professional Drivers) • Flexible Hours (With Coordination) • Permanent Assistance.
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  • 13 hours
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"CARAL", the oldest civilization in America from Lima. ALL INCLUSIVE!!

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We will have a day full of unique culture and history, which are not lived in other places of the capital. The best thing is that your camera will be filled with funny photos and videos and we will interact with all the people who go with us, we will make new friends, discovering riddles and mysteries of ancient cultures. You can not miss the opportunity to know the north of Lima and learn more about the history of this beautiful country called Peru. - Enjoy visiting one of the oldest cities in the world - Forget everything learning about history and culture. - Try typical dishes of the area, highly recommended - Dare to live this enriching adventure
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  • 14 hours
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$198.00
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Caral, the oldest civilization in the America's / 1 day tour from Lima

Caral, the oldest civilization in the America's / 1 day tour from Lima

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Come and enjoy this amazing day trip to Caral which is the oldest known civilization in America. Developed simultaneously with the ancient culture of Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago. The archeological site of Caral is among Peru's most impressive ruins. The UNESCO World Heritage listed site covers an area of around 60 hectares in the arid Supe Valley and was first inhabited between 2600 BCE and 2000 BCE. ​ Although initially discovered back in 1948, recent excavations of Caral revealed an elaborate complex of temples, sunken plazas and some of the largest terraced pyramids in the world, leading archeologists to ponder the chance Caral being the fabled Mother City of ancient civilizations
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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Caral Archaeological Site Biking Tour from Lima

Caral Archaeological Site Biking Tour from Lima

On this biking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacred City of Caral-Supe from Lima, you bike 31 miles (50 kilometers) through the Peruvian desert to reach the influential archaeological sites, turning an ordinary tour into an authentic adventure. Visit important parts of the ruins such as sacred altars, an ancient amphitheater, and a pyramid site, and learn about the people who built this city—one of the oldest in the Americas. Then, return to Lima in the comfort of a van.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$326.16
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Full Day Small Group Tour of Caral Temple from Lima

Full Day Small Group Tour of Caral Temple from Lima

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Caral Temple and archaeological center on this full-day tour from Lima. Follow your guide to explore the immense pyramids, built more than 4,500 years ago, learning about the ancient civilization as you walk. Highlights include the ancient homes, public assembly spaces, the amphitheater, the pyramids, and the sunken square. Travel with a small group of 15 people or fewer, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Full-Day to Caral, The Oldest Civilization of America

Full-Day to Caral, The Oldest Civilization of America

Learn about South America’s oldest civilization during this full-day tour from Lima to Caral. The ancient ruins are over 5,000 years old, making it one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Visit the UNESCO-listed city with its pyramids and squares that were built to complement the uncultivated land. This tour includes transportation, entrances fees, an English-speaking tour guide, and lunch in Hueral.
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  • 12 hours
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$329.00
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Caral Offroad and experience.

Caral Offroad and experience.

At the north of Lima is placed Caral, the oldest civilization in America. We want you to see it in a complete different way. Come and enjoy Caral with the experience of the Peruvian shore, walk in the lonely beaches of playa Chica o Cerro Colorado. Don´t just go to Caral, ENJOY Caral in a new experience
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$128.21
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Caral and Offroad

Caral and Offroad

We will pick you up early in the morning at 6:30 at your accommodation. We will head north of the city towards Caral. Caral is the oldest civilization in America with more than 5000 years old. After our visit we will continue on our way to the north where we will enter the city of Huacho and we can enjoy a beautiful walk along the banks of its beautiful beaches. In the afternoon we will go to the desert in search of our campsite located in the Ancon tube. (Dunes geographical formation). Once at the campsite they will have all the rest of the day free to explore and walk through the dunes of Ancon. The next day we can enjoy a day full of fun with the famous sand sled ensuring a complete experience full of adventures and adrenaline and the historic touch of Caral
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  • 2 days
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$397.44
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