Tambo Colorado Ancient Fortress & Peruvian Estancia

  • Port

    General San Martin (Pisco), Peru

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6¼ Hours

  • Meals Included


You’ll depart from Pisco and drive through the desert to the ruins of Tambo Colorado. This well-preserved adobe and stone structure, in all likelihood built atop an ancient fortress of the pre-Inca culture of Chincha, was adapted and transformed into a grain depository, administrative and military center by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. Even weather conditions such as the Corrientes del Niño have not adversely affected this ancient complex, which continues to be the most interesting artifact of the Inca culture on the Peruvian coast. There is evidence that the site was used to worship the sun, as well as study astronomy and everything related to agriculture.

From Tambo Colorado you'll continue on to a private hacienda (farm) where you will enjoy a delicious set-menu lunch after a brief tour of the family’s property. Many crops are grown here, including asparagus, tangelo and macadamia. You’ll see the various plantations and hear about the Benavides Family. Textiles are produced to help the local Ayacucho native families. Lunch will be accompanied by local musicians playing for you.


Wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring a hat.