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The Sacred City of Caral-Supe is a 5,000-year-old archaeological site that covers 626 hectares. It is located on a desert and arid plateau that dominates the verdant valley of the Supe River.
Caral is located near the central Pacific coast of Peru. It is about 2.5 hours by car from Lima, and as such, it starts at 7:00 am and lasts for a full day.
The site of the city of Caral is the oldest city in America. At its peak, Caral is believed to have about 3,000 inhabitants. It extends over 150 acres and includes plazas, homes, temples, pyramids and an amphitheater. Caral apparently was a thriving metropolis. It could help archaeologists answer some questions about the origin of the Andean civilizations.
The site was discovered in 1948 but excavations did not begin until the 1990s, Caral seems to lack pottery and artifacts that were found in other archeological sites in the Andes. However, an excavation in one of the oldest pyramids led to the discovery of a 10-year-old, wrapped in a mat, which was carbonized 2900 BC. Archaeologists discuss the actual age of the site.
While touring Caral, you will enjoy seeing the main pyramid, which is almost as large as four soccer fields and rises to a height of 60 feet (18 m). You will also see the courtyard and the amphitheater. The views of the surrounding valley are stunning.
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