Friday, January 13, 2012

Visiting Huaca Pucllana in Lima Peru

For the final days of our Peru adventure we would wind down in Lima, Peru after exploring the the Sacred Valley, Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Little did we know the life threatening adventures the Lima taxi drivers would offer us. Truly the wildest driving experiences I have been a part of.

Anyway, for one afternoon we visited Huaca Pucllana which is only a short distance from the upscale Miraflores part of Lima and very near the beach. Huaca Pucllana is a massive sand and adobe brick ruin covering many acres. It is from Pre-Incan times and believed to have thrived between 500 and 700 AD.

It’s demise occurred around 700 AD when Lima culture suffered an internal crisis, probably the result of an influx of new religious and political ideas from the southern Andes. During this time the Wari Empire invaded and converted Huaca Pucllana into a cemetery for the Wari elite. There are many Wari tombs of which a couple are open and can be viewed on the tour.

Huaca Pucllana is easily accessible via a wild taxi ride and the entry fee is 12 soles. We were assigned a guide that spoke English and we were on our way. The site is relatively new and is in process of being restored. Still it offered some wonderful picture opportunities.

The onsite museum was the final stop on the tour and was very interesting. It is quite small, but held some wonderful artifacts that had been recovered at Huaca Pucllana. Beautiful pottery, weaponry and some textiles were on display.

All in all, Huaca Pucllana is worth a visit if you have time in Lima. I would make the Plaza Mayor and the San Francisco Church with its catacombs ahead of Huaca Pucllana, but still quite worthy of an hour or two. It is pretty much always warm and humid in Lima so be sure you have ample water with you before you start the tour.

1 comment:

  1. We would have missed Huaca Pucllana if our taxi driver had not just driven us there after we opted out of the 'shopping mall' for safety reasons. Don't miss it.