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The Pachacamac is an ancient temple that stands today as one of the principal surviving archeological wonders in Peru. The area, which covers several square miles, was used as a religious center. Most of its buildings were constructed over about a millennium dating back to around A.D. 200. The site consists of 17 pyramids, a cemetery and antique works of art. The area withstood the rise and fall of several empires, so you can see evidence of the different groups who lived there and added to the site. It is an ideal spot to observe historical relics from an era before the European settlement of Peru.
Learn about the indigenous groups who lived on and around the Pachacamac, such as the Moche, Huari and Inca cultures. Discover interesting facts about the chief deity, Pacha Kamaq, from where the temple takes its name. He was known as the creator god. Take a guided tour in English of the ruins. It should take a couple of hours. Listen to stories about the Incas’ ancient oracle, who was considered one of the most important in Peru.
Peruse the mud-clay buildings and picture yourself in the middle of a thriving ancient civilization. Visit the better-known temples in the complex, such as those devoted to the sun and the moon. The Temple of the Sun was made from an estimated 50 million mud bricks.
Enjoy panoramic views of flat desert land that stretches for miles around in every direction. The Pacific Ocean lies beyond the desert to the west, with the foot of the Andes Mountain Range to the east. They are both visible from the temple.
Many of the pyramids have been damaged by the floods and droughts that periodically effect the western parts of South America.
The Pachacamac is situated 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) to the southeast of Lima along a Pan-American highway. It is nestled in the Valley of the Lurin River. Take a tour from the center of Lima. These usually include hotel pick-up and drop-off. A taxi journey should take around an hour. There is a small entrance fee at the complex.
It's not hard to spend a whole morning at Pachacamac Ruins. The list below provides a selection of the things you can try here:
If you're seeking even more activities, have a look at our Lima things to do page.
Situated in Pachacamac, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cerro Papa and First Pisco Museum. Mamacona and El Silencio Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Punta Hermosa, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from El Silencio Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Botija and Playa Norte. Cerro Papa and Pachacamac Ruins are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Villa Maria del Triunfo, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Friendship Park, Bridge of Sighs and Miraflores Central Park. Kennedy Park and Larcomar Shopping Center are also within 9 miles (15 km). Pumacahua Station is 23 minutes by foot.
Situated in Pachacamac, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from First Pisco Museum and within 12 miles (20 km) of Cerro Papa and Cerro Congo. El Silencio Beach and Pachacamac Ruins are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Punta Hermosa, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from El Silencio Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Santa Maria Beach and Pachacamac Ruins. First Pisco Museum is 8.7 mi (14 km) away.
This Punta Hermosa holiday home is on the beach, 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from El Silencio Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Santa Maria Beach and Pachacamac Ruins. First Pisco Museum is 10.8 mi (17.3 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from El Silencio Beach and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Pachacamac Ruins. Santa Maria Beach and First Pisco Museum are also within 16 miles (25 km).
This Punta Hermosa apartment building is on the beach, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from El Silencio Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pachacamac Ruins and First Pisco Museum. Santa Maria Beach and Costa Verde are also within 20 miles (32 km).