Combine a visit to Pachacamac archaeological complex with a stop in one of Lima's neighborhoods known for its artisan population on this full-day tour. Walk through the ruins of Pachacamac while listening to guided commentary on the site's Inca and pre-Inca history. Back in Lima, pick up some traditional handicrafts and artworks from Ayacucho and enjoy lunch with a local artisan family. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Lima hotels provided.
Pachacamac is the most important archaeological site in coastal Peru and consists of more than 20 pyramids. It was the main sanctuary of the Andean coast for more than 1500 years. Pilgrims from different areas came here asking for advice and omens to an idol that served as an oracle. Today, Pachacamac shelters more than 50 temples and buildings making it the largest archaeological complex in the city of Lima. Construction started about 200 A.D. and each succeeding culture added their own temples. The site grew to over 80 hectares or 200 acres. When finally the Incas arrived they built a huge Sun Temple as well as a house for young women who served as priestesses. This building is a well maintained, partially rebuilt large compound. On the Pachacamac tour, our guide will show us around temples from different pre-colonial civilizations and in the brand new Pachacamac museum, where we will discover the history and artifacts of the different cultures that used to occupy this sanctuary.
After the Pachacamac tour, we head to a close-by local neighborhood that houses many artisans from Ayacucho who fled the violence of the Shining Path in the ’80s and ’90s by moving to the outskirts of Lima. We first have lunch with a charming local family in their house and share some life stories and conversations. In this neighborhood, local artisans continue to make the traditional handicrafts and artworks from Ayacucho. With a full stomach, we visit workshops where they make textiles, ceramics, and other beautiful handicrafts. The artists will explain to us how everything is made, and maybe we can try out some of these techniques ourselves! In a place where the government is mostly absent, these people have built their own community and are developing the local economy with their art. You’ll leave this place very inspired!