Huaca Pucllana or Huaca Juliana (possibly from Quechua wak'a a local shrine to a protector deity, a sacred place, sacred, pukllana game) is a great adobe and clay pyramid located in the Miraflores district of central Lima, Peru, built from seven staggered platforms. It served as an important ceremonial and administrative center for the advancement of the Lima Culture, a society which developed in the Peruvian Central Coast between the years of 200 AD and 700 AD.
With the intended purpose of having the elite clergymen (who politically governed several valleys in the area) express their complete religious power and ability to control the use of all the natural water resources (saltwater and freshwater) of the zone, a Great Pyramid was constructed in the Huaca.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM|
Jeff Hayes | Mar 4, 2018
Certainly a step back in time -- an ancient temple area in the middle of Lima. The entrance fees was 12 sol for an adult. You must walk with a guide in a group. There are English tours if required. You must stick to a specific path. Our guide was good. Plenty of photo oops, but one only needs 3-5 to cover the feeling. Only negative is the mock priests and workers. Worth the visit if you are in the area.
Alison Brokke | Feb 28, 2018
Very cool tour of the Huaca Pucllana pyramid. The tour is offered in both English and Spanish. It is required to enter as a part of a tour. As you wait for a tour to begin there is a small, air conditioned museum that you can look through which describes each time period of the pyramid. The tour included a walk up the pyramid as well as of animals and plants used and grown during the eras. There is a restaurant, gift shop, and bathrooms on site. Additionally, there are vending machines. There is little shade on the tour so bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
Jared Woods | Feb 25, 2018
It's cool. It's historic. But it would be nice if the tours could be a little faster or if they allowed you to go at your own pace. Still interesting and worth the visit.
Steve Biswanger | Jan 13, 2018
The service was exceptional and enough servers spoke English to make it easy. They have all of Peru's traditional dishes, prepared very well. Great wine list too. Can't say enough about the views. Huaca Pucllana lit up at night looks spectacular.
Kevin M | Jan 3, 2018
Really cool place to see right in Miraflores so it is very easy to get to. Guide was free and in English so that is a huge plus as well. The place is only partially excavated and they said it will take 30-40 more years to excavate the rest so don't be surprised if you see people working around the site. Be sure to wear sunscreen as there is no shade and even if it's cloudy you will still get burnt here!!
Shawn Hansen | May 5, 2018
Bottom line up front: Don't overlook this place. Awesome spot to visit if you find yourself in Peru. The tour was cheap. $4 USD to be exact and lasted about one hour. Tour guide was funny and kept the crowd entertained while informing at the same time. There is also a really good restaurant at the location that assists in funding restoration efforts. Not too many shaded areas. Bring sunscreen and water. Enjoy!!
Alejandro Molina | Mar 24, 2018
Location and service are incredibly good... waiters and host do a great job, and the view and 'ambiance' at the terrace are incredible. Food could be better though... it's an average high-end taste... which is good... but will definitely not make it to the top 10 in Lima because of the taste of it's food. Again, it's good, but not outstanding
Natalia Karabelska | Apr 29, 2018
A great place to visit while in Lima and to learn about the Lima culture. They won't let you wonder around by yourself since it is an active archeological site. Be prepared to wait for a few minutes for the tour to start. The tour guide will take toy through the site and tell toy about the history of this place
Abel Martín Millán | Apr 9, 2018
Very interesting site to visit whilst you are in the area. Gives you an insight into the challenges and conditions that the original dwellers of lima area had to endure as well as the rituals they performed. Percy, the guide was knowledgeable and entertaining Only downside like most of this structures is that everything seems to be reconstructed, but once you assume that is almost unavoidable, you'll be fine
Vensy Props | May 31, 2018
They were very accommodating! We went during the night; during the day you get to go on top of the ruins and see all the animals. During the day they have English OR Spanish tours, during the night they can do bilingual. We showed up randomly and were able to jump into a tour that had just started. I was the only one that needed English and the tour guide was very accommodating to make sure I was well informed of everything she was saying. :) Bonus: I saw a cat on the ruins. 🐈
Alexandra Caruso | May 24, 2018
Amazing!! the English guide was great and cheap. We tipped our guide which wasn't essential, but we felt he deserved it. Lunch at the restaurant was great although it was a little pricey compared to other places in Lima, it was definitely worth it.
Daniel Segovia | Jun 27, 2018
Great open-air museum to learn about the Lima culture and their customs. The visits are guided, both in English and Spanish and they last about an hour. There's a little zoo where they keep alpacas, llamas, and guinea pigs, locals call them "cuy". If you're interested in ancient cultures and architecture you'll like this place, otherwise you might get a little bored. There's a night tour that begins after 7pm but does not include the climb to the top of the pyramid for reasons of safety.
Brian L | Jun 18, 2018
Interesting tour with very informative guides. It's very close to Lima so can be done without too much organising. It is very reasonably priced with a gift shop at the end if you need to pick up something remember the visit by. There is a restaurant on site too but I can't comment on that as I did not use it.
David M | Jul 22, 2018
Whilst on a guided tour during the day, our guide casually mentioned that we should check this place out as we drove by it. My word, it was the highlight of Lima! We loved it - amazing tour which costs next to nothing. For the best part of last century, the locals just thought this was a hill because it was covered by the ancients to protect it. Amazing to see millions and millions of bricks stacked in such a way that defeats and injury caused by earthquake or tremor
Thomas Mertz | Aug 4, 2018
Nice to visit, especially if staying or walking in the area. I wouldn't organize a special trip for it. The tiny museum beside the entrance is very interesting with several cool artifacts.
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