Huaca Pucllana Ruins

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This pyramid was the hub of activity for an ancient civilization. Now, it stands as an example of architectural ingenuity and a tribute to the Lima Culture.

The Huaca Pucllana is an ancient pyramid built by an indigenous civilization known as the Lima Culture. It was built around A.D. 500 as an important meeting point for ceremonial and political activities for the group. Now, it is an ideal spot to learn about Lima’s past. It is made from clay and adobe, which is a natural mixture of sand, clay and water. The temple sits on a complex that is spread out across 12 acres (4.9 hectares) of land.

Take a guided tour of the temple in English. Enjoy the vista of the city’s buildings from atop the structure. Take pictures of the temple’s walls, made from adobe and clay bricks. They are stacked on top of each other in a jumbled fashion, creating an intriguing layout.

Around the temple is a plaza with walls and rooms made from the same material. Explore the haphazard chambers, hallways, passages and entrances to learn about what they were used for almost two millennia ago. Imagine the Lima Culture people living out their daily lives in the remaining huts, courtyards and patios.

See the deep pits where animals were offered as sacrifices to deities. The Wari Culture added to the temple toward the end of the Lima Culture’s presence. Take a look at the tombs, including the grave containing one of the group’s chiefs, the Lord of the Unkus. It had two other adults with masks and a child who was sacrificed.

The site takes its name from the Native South American Quechua language’s words for “a ritual for games”. There are many ancient sites scattered around Lima called Huacas. The Lima Culture society existed in the city from around A.D. 200 until A.D. 700.

The Huaca Pucllana can be found in the affluent Miraflores district in the south of the city, near to the west coast. It is a 5.5-mile (8.8 kilometer) taxi ride south from Plaza Mayor, the city’s principal square in the historic center. Public transport is sparse around the site, so it is advisable to take a cab or arrange a tour with your hotel. There are serene and tranquil areas in the neighborhood, such as the Clorinda Matto de Turner Park and the Ernesto Alayza Grundy Park.

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Crowne Plaza Lima
Crowne Plaza Lima
4 out of 5
Avenida Benavides 300, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
The price is $104 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ricardo Palma Cultural Center and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland Museum. Larcomar Shopping Center ...
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"Great few days at the Crowne Plaza Lima. All was great with the exception of the internet signal strength."

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Villa Molina
Villa Molina
3 out of 5
Calle Teruel 341, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
Located in Miraflores, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Huaca Pucllana Ruins, Marina Núñez Del Prado Museum, and Lima Golf Club. Amano Museum and ...
3.9/5 Good! (20 reviews)
Do not go there.
"No hot water, rooms not very clean, terrible sound isolation. If you plan on not sleeping and not showering this is the place to stay, not to mention the despicable owner of the place."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2016

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Miraflores Home Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores Home Huaca Pucllana
2 out of 5
742 Calle General Borgoño, Lima, Lima
Located in Miraflores, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Huaca Pucllana Ruins, Indian Market, and Amano Museum. Miraflores Central Park and ChocoMuseo ...
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Vrbo Property
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Lima, Lima Region
The price is $28 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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Crowne Plaza Lima
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4 out of 5
Avenida Benavides 300, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
The price is $104 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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3 out of 5
Calle Teruel 341, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
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Miraflores Home Huaca Pucllana
2 out of 5
742 Calle General Borgoño, Lima, Lima
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Hs Duquesa de Villa
3 out of 5
261 Calle Tarapacá, Lima, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima
The price is $45 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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Hotel Estelar Miraflores
Hotel Estelar Miraflores
4 out of 5
Avenida Benavides 415, Miraflores, Lima, LIMA
The price is $91 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
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Private cozy and furnished apartment in Miraflores
Lima, Lima Region
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3.5 out of 5
Santa María 190, Miraflores, Lima, Lima
The price is $120 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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Casa Rodas
2.5 out of 5
Calle tarapaca 250, Miraflores, Lima
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