Local Artisans And Pachacamac Tour - Lima

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Overview

On this Pachacamac Tour, learn more about the fascinating pre-Inca and Inca history of Lima as well as present day Lima! The tour starts with a visit to the impressive archaeological complex of Pachacamac. In the afternoon, the tour goes off the beaten path on a visit of a local neighborhood known for its talented artisans and beautiful handicrafts. You'll share some stories and conversations while having lunch with a local artisan family and visit some of the workshops of the local artisans where they make their beautiful handicrafts.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

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You will be picked up at 10am from your hotel in Miraflores and then travel 30 km south of Lima while seeing the landscape change from the beautiful views of the coast to the dry desert. You willpass through sections of Lima you probably havent and wont visit to arrive to the impressive archaeological complex of Pachacamac. In the afternoon, go off the beaten path and visit a local neighborhood known for its talented artisans and beautiful handicrafts.

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, your guide will show youaround temples from different pre-colonial civilizations and in the brand new Pachacamac museum, where you will discover the history and artifacts of the different cultures that used to occupy this sanctuary.

Authentic Peruvian Handicrafts - Visit to Artisans Workshops
After the Pachacamac tour, 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. 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, visit workshops where they make textiles, ceramics and other beautiful handicrafts. The artists will explain to how everything is made, and maybe you 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. Youll leave this place very inspired!
You should be back in Miraflores around 4:30 - 5pm, depending on traffic.

Inclusions for Local Artisans And Pachacamac Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • All activities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour

Exclusions for Local Artisans And Pachacamac Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenirs bought at the artisans' workshops

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately: Sunscreen and hat strongly recommended from October to May

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Excellent tour. It was a small tour and we were lucky to have 2 tour guides along on the tour. We saw so many sites in addition to the Pachacamac ones. The local artisans were interesting and good to see how they made their wares that we had seen similar finished ones in many of the shops. The lunch at the local home was excellent. This tour was one of our highlights of our trip. We saw so much and the local tour company was very personable and very knowledgeable.

  • Excellent tour. Elen was great. Had a bit of trouble understanding the local guide at Pachacamac. Lunch with the potter was good. He showed us how he did his figures and pots. Second potter's quality was not as good as first. Good opportunity to compare works. Good information at weaver's workshop. Very informative tour.

  • Our guide, Eline, picked us up at our hotel right on time and we drove to the ancient temples of Pachacamac, which were started around 200 AD. The local guide was very passionate about the site and gave us a wealth of information. This was one of the most important sites for the early Peruvians. After our visit to the temples and museum, we went to the town of Lurin where we had lunch with a local family: husband, wife and two teenage children. The father of the family is a well known artist who makes pottery which is sold world wide. He also teaches at the local university. Then we went next door to another ceramics artist from the same village. They have formed a corporation to sell their products. Finally we drove a few blocks to the home of a weaver and arrived just in time to see him making the balls of wool used in his weavings. He explained the entire process of getting the wool, spinning it, making it into balls and then dyeing it. His entire family works in their workshop. He made all of the looms, which are different sizes/heights for each family member. Next we went into his shop to see the huge variety of colors, patterns and sizes of rugs and wall hangings. I bought a gorgeous rug in a traditional pattern. A wonderful day, and not the usual cruise ship shore excursion.

USD 93.93