Peru's New World Heritage Site: Caral

August 26, 2009
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Caral is the newest addition to Peru’s collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Found on the northern coast, south of Trujillo, the 5,000 year-old archaeological marvel sits on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green Supe River valley.

Dating to 2900 B.C., Caral is the oldest city in the Americas. The center of an area featuring large, truncated pyramids, archaeologists believe around 3,000 people lived in Caral.

The impressive site is well preserved and includes six pyramids arranged around a central courtyard as well as elaborate dwellings and some residential areas still under excavation.

Custom Travel Planner Kim Guth recently returned from Peru, and offered this quick extension (perfect from our Amazon River tour or Machu Picchu vacation) for exploring Caral. Find our more by calling 800-633-4734.

Caral Sample Itinerary:

Day 1 • Depart Lima, heading north aboard a luxury vehicle with your English-speaking guide. Have lunch en-route and visit the fortress of Paramonga. Continue to Barranca for overnight at the Hotel Chavin.


Day 2 • Tour Caral with an archaeologist, learning about the culture and society exhibited by the complex and its monuments. After lunch, return to Lima.