Just 40 km southeast of Peru’s capital, this archaeological site is a mystical experience.
Pachacamac was the most important sanctuary in the Peruvian coast for over 1500 years during pre-Hispanic times. When visiting Pachacamac you will feel a mystic and ancient energy; a place with sophisticated urbanism, reminiscent of Rome.
The Pilgrim Route is one of the great attractions for visitors to the Sanctuary of Pachacamac, which must be done on foot. Here you can see the high walls of adobe, extensive channels, areas to make offerings, stone portals and ceremonial lounges. Follow the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who came to worship and make offerings to the god Pachacamac.
From the Temple of the Sun, you will have a panoramic view of the Sanctuary of Pachacamac and the three walls that protected it. Built on a high natural hill, it was once decorated with red paint although today it can hardly be observed.
Close to the Temple of the Sun is the Painted Temple, a rectangular building built with adobe and decorated with human figures such as fish, birds and plants. Red and yellow paints were used, along with black to give an outline.
We can also find buildings form the Inca, including the Mamacona/Acllawasi iconic temple intended for women. Dedicated to the cult and the production of goods of the sanctuary, there are also ponds for ceremonial functions inside the building.
Soon the inauguration will take place for the new site museum with extensive and multiple installations to house pieces of historical and cultural value. Along with guided tours, the museum will also promote education and community development activities in the district. Don´t hesitate to visit Pachacamac!
This article was written by Arturo Alva, marketing specialist for InkaNatura Travel, the only leading Tour Operator owned by a nonprofit conservation group, PERU VERDE. Specializing in fine archaeology and natural history tours for discerning travelers, nature lovers, adventurers and explorers.