The most ancient city in South America, just amazing!

Caral Travel Blog

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Welcome to Caral
We arrived to Caral almost at noon. We were expecting a lot of people there but we just saw 2 other cars and 1 bus. Mmm, this place is still not very popular. I guess not so many people look forward the loooong and dusty drive, haha. Our taxi would wait for us until we were done. Usually the visit takes 1 1/2 hour.

We went inside, got our tickets and asked for a guide. The man who was selling the tickets asked us to wait until the whole group was together. After 15min we all were ready to start. Our group were about 14 people, but just 2 of them (Elena & Eric) spoke English. In fact I asked to the guide if he speaks English but he doesn't. Oh oh! I might become a translator...

Unfortunately the guide talked so fast, that it was almost impossible to translate at same time I could listen to him.
Fire Altar
I did my best and thank God some of the signs were written in English. It was really hot there! It was very sunny and dry, uffff. We started to go through this ancient city, which is 5000 years old, wow! This discovery might change Peruvian history...

We saw some buildings and temples. Since Caral is still a project, the pieces they found there have been brought to Lima and are still under studying, so you can't see them. While we were walking we saw some people still working there. They are still studying the city. Caral is a complex and there are 20 spots they need to keep on studying. There is a project of building a good highway, so the access won't be so difficult and more people can visit this area. This would be very nice, hopefully they won't disturb much the quiet and peaceful life of the people around.
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It was awesome to think about the possibility of people developing here at same time as the Egyptians. Incredible! This dessert might have been a valley long time ago. They developed a great society and we were able to see some similarities with the Nazca and Inca people, which is a proof Caral was the root of their civilizations.

After walking for almost 2 hours, taking some pics and got dehidrated we were back at the entrance, lol. Our taxi driver was waiting for us. He might have been taking a nap, haha. We chilled out for a while and got ready for the "fun" drive back to Barranca. We weren't looking forward for that journey, but were so tired that fall asleep inmediately after going into the cab...

shhhhh ;)
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Welcome to Caral
Welcome to Caral
Fire Altar
Fire Altar
:P
:P
our guide - unfortunately no guide…
our guide - unfortunately no guid…
stairs
stairs
Anfiteatro temple
Anfiteatro temple
main esplanade
main esplanade
petroglifo - I could see a monkey.…
petroglifo - I could see a monkey…
an upper part building
an upper part building
Caral view
Caral view
Main Temple
Main Temple
Main Temple entrance
Main Temple entrance
solar clock
solar clock
they are still discovering more st…
they are still discovering more s…
its a whole complex with roads
it's a whole complex with roads
another temple
another temple
detail of the stairs
detail of the stairs
the valley nowadays
the valley nowadays
working on new temples
working on new temples
Caral Sights & Attractions review
Amazing but time consuming - Sacred City of Caral
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 … read entire review
Caral
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