Explore pre-Incan ruins dating back to 200 BC right in downtown Lima! Long before stones were laid down to build Machu Picchu, the indigenous people of what is now Peru were constructing huacas (pyramid-like structures) for ceremonial purposes. Lima was constructed around these huacas, which means you won't have to travel far to see them! Your local guide will take you to two sites, Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca, and provide historical insight into these temples that were built by the unknown 'Lima culture,’ an indigenous pre-Incan civilization.
Erupting out of the busy metropolitan city of Lima, Peru, Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca are two of several ancient huacas that dot the cityscape. These huacas have avoided urban sprawl, reminding Peruvians of their heritage every day. Let your guide escort you from your hotel on a narrated exploration of these pyramid-like structures that date back to 200 BC.Climb to the top of Huaca Pucllana for a stunning view of Lima, or grab a snack at the ruin’s restaurant, which boasts amazing views of the temple from almost every seat. Constructed around 500 AD, Huaca Pucllana still undergoes excavation, with archaeologists uncovering artifacts and unearthing grave sites regularly.At Huaca Huallamarca, an oracle center in operation for 1,200 years until the Spanish Conquest, you can dive into the rich history at the ruin’s museum. In the 1950s, dozens of well-preserved mummies were excavated, and some are now on display in the museum.Upon completion of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of the unknown 'Lima culture' civilization that helped shape present-day Lima.