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  • Hours: Tue - Sun 9am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: 12 Nuevos Soles

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Pachacamac Itshma Temple

The closest archaeological site to Lima is Pachacamac, a pre-Inca collection of sand-blasted pyramid temples and palaces spanning 1,500 years. Over the centuries the now-ruined city developed into one of the Inca’s most important religious and administrative centers.

Though all that remains is largely the rubble of walls and stepped foundations rising from the surrounding dusty desert, there are excavations and reconstructions to see, including a rebuilt Inca complex called House of the Chosen Women.

The site was inhabited by the Huari people prior to 800 AD, and later by the Inca, who built their Temple to the sun on the main square. Itshma was the name given to the state surrounding Pachacamac and the religious ceremonial temples built to honor the coastal deity, Pacha Camac.

The site was inhabited until 1533, when it was destroyed by Spanish conquistador Pizarro.

The on-site museum helps explain the significance of Pachacamac’s ceremonial temples, and displays artifacts unearthed at the site.

Practical Info

Pachacamac is a 45-minute trip by bus from Lima, 40km (25 miles) away to the north.

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Road to Pachacamac: Small-Group Bike Tour from Lima

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See Lima’s splendid countryside and unravel local history on this Lima bike tour through the ages. Cycle past farms and haciendas, and then explore the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.99

Temple of Pachacamac Half-Day Tour from Lima

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Join a half-day tour to the famous Pachacamac Temple, located only a short distance from Lima. Built by different leaders throughout the centuries and between ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.99

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