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Our full day extension to the north of Lima takes us up the desert coast on a remarkable excursion. Travel by beautiful beaches and through some of Peru’s most unique terrain to Caral, where civilization in the Americas originated.
At the same time that the Egyptians flourished on the banks of the Nile, 5,000 years ago, a similar complex culture began in Peru. The oldest metropolitan center in the Americas found in the central coastal desert of Peru, according to recent carbon dating, began to flourish between approximately 2,627 and 2,100 years before Christ.
Predating the famous Inca Empire by some 3,500 years, the discovery of Caral challenges established theories of civilization in the Americas. The ruins changed history when researchers proved that a complex urban center in the Americas thrived as a contemporary to the ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Please 'contact us' to book this tourBeen to the Andes and Amazon? This 3-day extension will show you the best of southern coastal Peru. See the mysterious Nazca Lines on a magnificent 35-minute flight. Visit Tobe and his potters’ studio, see the ancient desert cemetery of Chauchilla, see the Nazca Lines from the air and enjoy the best Nazca Lines planetarium show in Peru. We finish up outside of the Paracas National Reserve, as we take you on an informative and remarkable boat tour to the Balletas Islands. Tour includes
Nazca Lines over flight, all overland transport on Cruz del Sur as per itinerary, transfers to/from bus stations, excursion to Chauchilla burial ground and local potters’ studio, excursion to Ballestas Islands, English speaking bilingual local guides, all entrance fees and 2 breakfasts.
Please 'contact us' to book this tourTrip Overview You’ll be collected from you hotel and depart Miraflores along the coast heading south. We navigate the rush hour traffic and get glimpses at the urban sprawl and numerous ‘pueblos jovenes’ or shanty towns, in route to the Villa Wetlands Reserve Zone, the only area still officially protected in Lima. Due to its strategic location on the Pacific west coast and below sea level elevation, the Villa Wetlands Reserve is an important stop for migratory birds. See the sprawling Totora reed beds that act as home to more than 150 migratory bird species, including 30 species from as far away as the Arctic Circle, the Caribbean and Patagonia.
From Villa we travel another 20 minutes to Archeological site of Pachacamac. It is considered, along with Cusco, as having been a main religious center in Pre-Hispanic Peru. Made entirely of mud adobe bricks, the complex is full of monuments, temples and small palaces. We’ll visit the most important areas including the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, followed by a stop at the on-site museum before heading back to Lima. Then, it is time to say ‘adios’ to your guide and driver upon return to your hotel.
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This tour offers the best combination of the main attractions in Lima and its’ three historical periods: PreHispanic or ancestral, colonial and contemporary.In the Lima area there were numerous pre-Columbian cultures that date back thousands of years. The region was part of the Inca Empire until 1535 when Francisco Pizarro founded the Colonial city of Lima here. The Peruvian Vice royalty was the most important in the Spanish Colonial Empire and Lima was its capital. On this city tour, you’ll see the most important squares, churches and colonial mansions. See the Plaza Mayor (main plaza), Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square) and Plaza Grau. In the main plaza, see the City Hall, the Government’s Palace, the Archbishops Palace and the main Basilica Cathedral. Then spend about an hour in the San Francisco Convent and catacombs, a true 16th century architectural and artistic gem.
In Lima’s historic center we’ll visit one of Lima’s most beautiful buildings, the Museum of the Central Bank Reserve, where in the old basement vault, we can admire many of Peru’s treasures: a fine display of gold objects, pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles.
The tour continues passing near the old ‘Desamparados’ train station, and Exposition park, then on through the modern district of San Isidro passing the famous Parque los Olivos or ‘Olive Grove Park’, where Spanish conquistadores planted thousands of olive trees, then to the district of Miraflores with a visit to ‘Huaca Pucllana’, a pre-Inca adobe pyramid smack in the middle of the bustling city. We round out the tour with a stop at Lover’s Park or ‘Parque del Amor’ with a stupendous view of the Pacific Ocean followed by transfer to your hotel.