Sacred City of Caral

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Supe Valley, Caral, Peru

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Amazing but time consuming - Sacred City of Caral Dec 06, 2008
If you are really interested in learn from the ancient cultures, this place might be a must for you. It is the most important pre-Hispanic settlement of the zone, and probably one of the most important of the country. The Sacred City of Caral is considered the oldest in America, probably it was developing at same time as the Egypt. It's about 5000 years old.

It is a settlement built of stones. It has numerous and extensive precincts. Pyramidal buildings, temples, residential sectors, squares, amphitheatres, warehouses, coliseums, graves, altars and streets can be appreciated.

It is believed that Caral was the first seat of state established in the history of Peru.

It occupies an area of 65 hectares approximately, and the number of its inhabitants has been estimated at about 3000 individuals.

In spite of most buildings being still covered by debris and affected by the pass of the centuries, some of its most impressive constructions have been restored. And they are still working on that.

Amongst it most outstanding precincts are the Main Temple, accompanied by a pyramid 18 metres high, the zone of the atrium, the amphitheatre, and the altar of the fire, from where 32 wooden flutes delicately decorated have been rescued, and other instruments which suggest that the place held an intense religious activity.

Three years ago the investigators in charge of the excavations and the restorations in Caral, realised a Musical Shop during which the flutes of Caral where tested with the purpose of reproducing the sound of each one of them, just like they would have sound 3000 years ago. It was an amazing experience. Because of what they found in Caral, they could determine that they were making business with the people from highlands and also rainforest. Cool!

How to get there? Well this is the main issue. The travelers must penetrate 23 km inland going through a dirt and rough road. If you have time in Lima, I'd recommend you to visit Caral. But if you don't have much time, you'd better skip this. Just think you will have to spend almost 6 days driving from Barranca to Caral...

Be also aware, that Caral is still a project. So there are no places to eat there. Bring your snack. It's very hot, so wear light clothes, but be aware it might be a bit windy too. The local guides don't speak English, which is sad. Maybe next year there will be bilingual guides...

anyway, if you really are interested in knowing more about the ancient civilization, let's visit Caral.
entrance. It's cheap!
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