Archaeological Day in Lima

  • Port

    Callao (Lima), Peru

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Visit two of Lima's ancient oracle centers.

Begin with a stroll around the Huaca Pucllana -- an archeological site that was active between the 5th and the 8th centuries AD.

Next you will visit the Huaca Huallamarca, located in the district of San Isidro. This was an oracle center that functioned for 1,200 years, up until the Spanish Conquest of Peru. This imposing monument has remained impervious to the ravages of time and modern civilization, and stands surrounded by an asphalt jungle. The two-story construction is made of adobe with a steep ramp leading to the upper level. Archaeological excavations have unearthed mummies that are now on display inside the museum along with ancient objects.

Finally, visit the National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, with Peru's largest collection of artifacts from pre-Hispanic cultures. The museum is housed in a stately colonial mansion that was once the country home of Viceroy Joaquin de la Pezuela and the leaders of the struggle for independence, José de San Martin and Simón Bolívar. The museum's exhibitions include Chavin stone sculptures, textiles from Paracas, Nasca and Mochica ceramics and Chimu metal works. There are also paintings, documents and objects relating to the Conquest, the Viceroyalty and the Republic of Peru.

Notes:

This tour is designed for guests who are interested in a faster-paced experience. Panoramic options are available for those who prefer a more relaxed outing. Tour does not operate on Mondays and Tuesdays. The mummy section of the museum is not included in the tour.