ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PACHACAMAC AND A PERUVIAN HORSE SHOW AT A HACIENDA

  • Port

    Lima Callao

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR130.0

  • Duration in hours

    8.5

  • Shore excursion code

    02X2

Description An excursion dedicated entirely to Peruvian history and culture with a visit to the Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art and the marvellous archaeological site of Pachacamac, where every stone tells the story of a centuries-old civilisation. We will then discover Peruvian traditions and flavours with lunch at a typical hacienda and a horse show to the rhythm of the famous Marinera folk dance. An experience not to be missed!

What we will see
  • Larco Herrera Museum of pre-Columbian art
  • Archaeological Site of Pachacamac: ruins of pre-Columbian civilisations such as the Moche, Huari and Inca
  • Hacienda Mamacona: buffet lunch
  • Peruvian Paso horse show with typical dance at the hacienda’s ranch


What we will do
  • We will leave the port on a comfortable coach and head to the Larco Herrera Museum, founded in 1926 and housed in an elegant building from the Colonial Period in the 18th century. It is a private museum of pre-Columbian art situated in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima and it is famous for housing several permanent exhibitions of gold and silver artefacts from Peru’s ancient civilisations such as the Moche, the Chavín, the Huari and the Inca. Over 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history have been preserved in this museum, which is also famous for having the most extensive collection of erotic pottery.
  • After visiting the museum, we will board our coach and travel south along the spectacular Pacific coast for around one hour to the Archaeological Site of Pachacamac, which dates back to the 3rd century AD. The area, which spans several square kilometres, lies in the valley of the Lurín river, and in the pre-Columbian era it was an important pre-Incan religious centre, a pilgrimage destination and home to temples and monasteries, gradually occupied by various indigenous people such as the Moche, the Huari and the Inca.
  • The buildings on the site are made from adobe (clay bricks dried in the sun), and the main architectural complexes lie on a series of terraces, which are accessed by steep flights of steps. We can still see the remains of the majestic Temple of the Sun, which was built using around 50 million mud bricks, and important irrigation and water conservation work from the Inca period.
  • After visiting Pachacamac, we will move on to the third and final stage of our tour: a visit to Hacienda Mamacona, famous for housing one of the most important Peruvian Paso horse ranches.
  • Here we will be served a special lunch with drinks included before watching a wonderful folk show featuring Paso horses ridden to the rhythm of the typical Peruvian dance, the Marinera.
  • After the show, we will return to the port and the ship.

What you need to know
  • This excursion includes a walk lasting approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Flash photography is not permitted at the Larco Museum and the Archaeological Site of Pachacamac.