"Alternative Peru's Lima tours want to help tourists see more than the green parts of Lima and actually get out into the suburbs. I tried their new Pachacamac tour and had a great time. Walking around Pachacamac will make you understand that Lima is in the middle of a desert. The big bonus is seeing what's behind the doors of several of the houses that line the streets of Nuevo Lurin and having lunch with a charming family. The area houses artisans from Ayacucho who fled the Shining Path in the 80's and 90's and you get the chance to see them at work. Lunch, conversation, life stories and crafts are all worth the trip. " Steven
On the Pachacamac tour, we travel 30 km south of Lima while seeing the landscape change from the beautiful views of the coast to the dry desert. We pass through sections of Lima you probably haven’t and won’t visit to arrive to the impressive archaeological complex of Pachacamac. In the afternoon, we go off the beaten path and visit a local neighborhood known for its talented artisans and beautiful handicrafts.
"Want to visit one of the top historic sites of Lima but also a different, alternative side of the city, where not many tourists go? Learn more about Lima’s Inca and pre-Inca culture while also experiencing the Lima of today on this Pachacamac tour!"
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 80’s and 90’s 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!
"I have lots of experience in Lima, Peru and found this organization to have a refreshing, well informed approach. They do an excellent job of exposing people to real life Lima while being encouraging to the locals around them." G.S.
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