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


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.

Tours & Tickets

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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

Private Tour: Pachacamac Archaeological Site Including Barranco District

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Enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site of Pachacamac from Lima. You will visit its main temples and then go to the Barranco district and admire the ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00

Half-Day Tour to Pachacamac Archaeological Site plus Barranco and Chorrillos

Get a different experience on your stay in Lima, visiting the archaeological site of Pachacamac and the surrounding districts of Barranco and Chorrillos. ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Day Trip to Pre-Inca Sites with Lunch from Lima

Visit the Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac along with the Temple of the Sun on this 9-hour tour. Head to Los Ficus Farms to enjoy a homemade lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00

Local Artisans and Pachacamac Tour

On this Pachacamac Tour, learn more about the fascinating pre-Inca and Inca history of Lima as well as present day Lima! The tour starts with a visit to the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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