If you are visiting Lima, there are a number of places you can visit nearby without having to travel very from the bars and clubs of the capital city. One such place is the archaeological site of Pachacamac.
Pachacamac is located 25 kilometers away from the city and is known for its ancient temple dedicated to the Earth Maker creator god Pacha Kamaq. The site around this temple was considered sacred in the olden times and was a flourishing site until Spanish colonization reduced the place to ruins.
Thankfully, people who are interested in Peruvian history can find peace in the fact that it is a well maintained archaeological site that can be accessed easily from the city of Lima. You can visit the Temple of the Sun and the old temple. There are also grave sites which are of historical importance. Most importantly, you should visit the pyramids of Pachacamac which look almost magical.
The holy site is particularly known for the “Acllahuasi” or Palace of the Virgins of the Sun. It is important to take a guided tour of this place as you may not understand the significance of the various ruins strewn across the site. Many of the sites in and around Pachacamac are very beautiful and have a haunting feel to them. If you wish to learn about Peruvian culture without stepping too far away from the city, this is the place to visit.
We run daily tours to Pachacamac, which includes a visit to the nearby bohemian district of Barranco as well. Once you are done exploring and learning about this historical site, you can let your hair down at Barranco before heading back to the city centre. While at Barranco, you can appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Puente de los Suspiros. The tour lasts for just three and half hours and costs $45. At the end of the tour, you will have enough photographs on your cellphone to share with your friends back home.