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All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima

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Lima, Peru
All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

If you’re looking to discover Lima’s ancient history then look no further than this private full-day tour of Caral, the oldest known city in the Americas. With a private guide, discover the well-preserved pyramids and temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, believed to have been built in 5,000 BC. A breakfast box, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Private full-day tour of Caral, the oldest known city in the Americas, from Lima
  • Take a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See pyramids and temples that date back to 5,000 BC
  • Breakfast box, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Tourist Transportation (Minivan or SUV).
Tour Guide on board.
Breakfast box + Refreshing Drinks on board.
Caral Guided Tour.
Lunch in Huacho city.
All activities included in this itinerary.
Gratuities (Optional).
Souvenirs (Available to purchase).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
• Pickups available from any hotel or apartment located in the areas of Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco, Surco, Cercado de Lima or Lima Jorge Chavez Airport.

Departure Time

6:00 AM
Your full-day tour begins with hotel pickup, where you board an air-conditioned car destined for Caral, the oldest known city in the Americas.

Travel along the Panamerican Highway throughout the journey, during which refreshments and a breakfast box are served.

Then, on arrival, embark on a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the well-preserved ruins of circular terraces, pyramids, plazas, and an amphitheater, all believed to have been built in 5,000 BC.

Following your tour of Caral, head to the seaside city of Huacho to enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch of beef stew, spiced chicken, and many other dishes.

Your tour concludes with drop-off at your Lima accommodation.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Caral
The tour starts when we pick you up from your hotel onboard a private minivan or SUV. Head north on the Panamerican Highway to the citadel of Caral. During the trip, we will offer you a breakfast box and refreshing drinks on board. Since it's a long drive, stops are available during the tour. There will be a guided tour by the citadel where you will observe the great pyramids and the valley of Supe. The pyramids are believed to be built around the year 5000BCE. You will visit the circular terraces, residential areas, pyramids, amphitheater and main plazas. This private tour has been prepared to help you understand the history of culture of ancient Peru.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ciudadela de Caral
After visiting Caral, explore the valley of Supe, an enormous green area where farmers plant and grow different fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, passion fruits, watermelons, potatoes, chili peppers among many others. This place also offers us a chance to take spectacular pictures of beautiful landscapes of the farms, the river and the mountains of this region.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Huacho
Finally, visit the town of Huacho to enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant located close to the beaches of the area. Try delicious dishes such as "Lomo saltado", "Arroz con Pato", "Milanesa de Pollo", "Seco a la huachana" among many others. After lunch, admire the beauty and richness of the peruvian coast and return to your hotel in Lima arriving there at 17:00 (Approximate time).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Highly recommend you carry sunscreen, sunglasses and good shoes for the walk
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Vista Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Ancient site & knowledgeable guide
DayTrip434591
, Jan 2020
Picked us up on time& v friendly telling us about the area & history during the drive. He kept an easy pace as we walked around the ancient city of Caral, telling us the important facts of the history there. We went to lunch in a nearby town about a block from the ocean. Delicious local seafood! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Caral Archaeological Site from Lima
emb17349
, Sep 2019
Our guide and driver were prompt and courteous. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The experience was truly memorable.
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Great experience!
Departure58375061010
, Dec 2018
Great guide and driver. Guide provided a lot of information about Lima and Peru. His English was good and did a good job translating throughout the day. Finished the tour with a delicious lunch and a spot to take in a view of the ocean. I would highly recommend!
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We had a great time on this tour...
wcbn98
, Sep 2017
We had a great time on this tour. Yes, it is about a 3 1/2 hour drive out of Lima, but it is well worth it. Our guide Alex was great, and a joy to spend the day with. The ruins at Caral are very interesting and like nothing we've seen anywhere else in Peru. You get to see some ancient pyramids with a site expert not a private tour though. The guide spoke only in Spanish, but Alex was able to translate in both directions for us. Lunch in a small town on the way back was also very good. Alex explained to us the various dishes, and what was local and what was not. My husband and I both thought the food was very good the seafood was especially noteworthy. All in all, a very highly recommended tour. Maybe the only thing that would make it better would be to use a SUV type car with better suspension as the road leading up to Caral is pretty rough.
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I have been a Viator customer for...
Roberto J V
, Aug 2017
I have been a Viator customer for many years, and this is the first time that I have a complaint to make: 1.The archaielogical site is 3.5 hours from Lima. My wife and me were driven in the back seat of a very small Hyundai Elantra, that was very uncomfortable during the 7 to eight hours of travel time in it. 2. The driver, Miguel, knew more than the guide that travel with him in the car, Josue if I am not wrong. The travel agency that worked with Viator for this tour is Vista Adventures BR-624509900 August 9, 2017. Josue appeared to be sleepy or under the influence of sedatives, very dirty hands and nails, and with a bad smell. Other tours taken by me in Peru before provided a much bigger, adequate, and confortable automobile Van or 4x4. 3.The restaurant in Huanco was really mediocre in the quality of atention to guest and quality of the food Cevicheff. 4. I have to recognize that the guide in Caral was very good, but he was working alone, and joined a group of about 24 tourists to our PRIVATE tour of two persons. This caused distraction, noise, and delays. There were no other guides available for other groups. 5. I have recommended many friends to visit Caral, It is unique, giving a different perspective to the development of civilizations in the Americas, but Viator should have a way to check or improve the quality of the service offered as All Inclusive Private Tour.
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This tour is good if you are...
Shirley A S
, Aug 2017
This tour is good if you are interested in history and culture. The drive on the Pan Am highway along the coast provides opportunity to see the countryside: small villages, towns, farms, mining, etc. Snacks, drinks and meal at a lovely 'oasis' restaurant were provided. Site is still under construction, is massive and historically interesting because it is older and large than Machu Pichu. The dessert site gives an excellent perspective of how the culture lived and thrived thousands of years ago. There is still a lot to be learned here. We scheduled a private tour and the driver an owner of the tour agency and the guide provided interesting conversation about Peru making the 3-4 hour one-way drive not so long. Recommend only if you have at least a week in Lima due to the travel distance.
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We reserved an all inclusive private...
Ilka R
, Jun 2017
We reserved an all inclusive private tour, but what really happened is that we shared our tour with other two people and the van that picked us up at the hotel was not comfortable for four people in a three hour trip to the archeological site. Besides that, the guide was clearly trying to sell other tours only for the american people I'm brazilian and he made a real effort on ignoring non native american speakers. The restaurant where we had lunch was good, but for the price we paid, it should have been better the guide told us to choose only up to NS 30.00 or around US 9.00, and he said that was the value the agency would pay for lunch... The visit to Caral was great due to a local guide there, he showed everything and explained all the details of the archeological site, that was really great!
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The guys who did the tour were...
Anton G
, Mar 2017
The guys who did the tour were really nice and fun to spend the day with. They chose a great place for lunch where we were the only foreigners - great local food and drinks. We did certainly learn a lot about the country and the culture. Even though I loved the tour I am only giving 4 stars because their knowledge of the site itself was limited. We kind of followed an official tour close enough so that we could hear everything their guide said.
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Great informative tour with an...
kevin266
, Jan 2017
Great informative tour with an excellent guide! Our guide Alex was very knowledgeable and really enjoys what she does. She is well read and always keen to learn more, and this allows her to give a balanced view of events and history - she always separated fact from myth. Both she and the driver had excellent English. We learnt a lot from Alex about the Caral site and its history as well as so much more of the history of Peru, especially under Spanish rule, and how it has developed into the country it is now. The Caral site itself is in a lovely quiet desert valley and is still an active archeological dig. It is still being worked by the archeologist that discovered it and new finds are still being made. It is great to see parts as it was found, how it is being worked, and the restoration showing how the site would have looked 5000 years ago! Only approved guides are allowed at the site and they only speak Spanish which is a bit awkward, but Alex interpreted very well. The tour also included a very tasty lunch. Be aware though that the site is a good 3.5 hour drive from your hotel in Lima Lima traffic is really bad and Caral is far from the city and the tour does take the whole day though your time at Caral is less than 2 hours. The drive itself is very picturesque though - lovely views of the desert.
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A huge day in transit to reach...
Adam T
, Apr 2016
A huge day in transit to reach Caral. However, the site is the oldest known site in all of the Americas so is definitely worth the hike. Tour guide was great.
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