The Sacred Citadel of Pachacamac


The Sacred Citadel of Pachacamac

Pachacamac used to be a sacred and ceremonial place established roughly in the beginning of the Christian era, where thousands of pilgrims have come with their offerings to consult the oracle of Pachacamac that is believed to watch the past, the future and the destiny. Today, the site is located 40 kilometres outside of Lima, in the valley of the Lurín River. It lies adjacent to the Pan American highway, at the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

"Pachacamac" is named after the Quechua word for "Creator of the World". The most iconic temples at the ancient Inca sanctuary are Templo Viejo and Templo Pintado. It is possible to see the tombs of the Wari Empire (500 AD - 1200 AD) in the Temple area of Pachacamac.


Our guided tour of Pachacamac presents the pyramidal temples and enclosures built by various Pre-Columbian cultures including the Incas. We visit the temples to the Sun god and of the Virgins of the Sun (Acllahuasi). The site museum holds the idol of the god Pachacamac. This place is considered sacred and part of the mystical axis of the world.

The tour includes a bustrip through the streets of Barranco, a charming part of Lima with colonial architecture with the famous Bridge of Sighs, the beaches of Costa Verde, the Ecological Reserve of the Villa of the Marshes and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, crossing the southern route of the Panamerican highway.

Departs: Between 09.00 - 09.45 am / 02.00 - 02.45 pm from your hotel or other place in Miraflores (Monday closed, Sunday afternoon tour starts earlier)

Returns: Around 01.30 pm for the morning tour / 06.30 pm in the case of the afternoon tour to your hotel or other place in Miraflores


Practical Information

Duration: Half day morning or afternoon
Daily Departures Tuesday - Sunday all year round
Price: Contact us
Others: Please not that all itineraries are subject to change

Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
  • Professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Transport
  • Entrances to visited sites
Not Included
  • Tips for guide

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