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Pachacámac

For those who love history and are enthralled by archaeology, Pachacamac are the most important ruins to visit in the Lima area. Though most parts are in a relatively poor state, there are several areas that have been restored and give off a good idea of how the ruins were originally. There is a small and interesting museum that also sells ceramics and local weavings as well as a beautiful totem idol.

People from the Lima culture first inhabited Pachacamac around 200 AD. It is said that this site was dedicated to the creator god, Pachacamac. In 650 AD the Wari culture took over which then led way to the Ishmay culture who conquered from the year 1000 AD till 1450 AD. The Ishmay culture delevoped this area in the major religious and ceremonial center that it is known for. Several new temples were added by the Incan culture before the arrival of the Spanish in 1532.

A visit to this site takes no longer than one or two hours and can be arranged by many tour agencies in Lima. Taking a taxi from Miraflores to the site costs around 5 USD or 15 USD with a return trip and time spent driving around the ruins. Combis can also take you from Av. Grau to Lurin, where the ruins are located. Ask the driver to drop you off here so you can spend time wandering around this interesting site.

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