There have been so many ancient cultures in Peru who have gone on to create so many citadels, farming terraces, temples and pyramids that you often only need to climb the nearest hill to find remnants of their existence. Because of this the vast majority of the country’s archaeological sites are relatively unknown, unvisited and unprotected…The valley of the Lurin river is dotted with dozens of ruins starting from the ancient power-centre of Pachacamac up until the far inner reaches of the valley. The Cieneguilla region has many of these ruins and they are all really quite spectacular.
Behind the small town of Huaycán on the road east along the valley are the ruins of a city more than 1500 years old. After identifying several of these cities on Google Earth this was the one that Annett and I decided to attempt to reach first. Climbing up over the sandy foothills of the Andes through the backs of the illegally built houses of the poor we reached the top and were presented with a wonderful view. What was left of the pre-Inca city was spread out before us.
Across on the other side of the valley we climbed a much steeper cerro. At a point half way up we found a series of tombs. All were completely destroyed by tomb raiders who would have removed all the precious materials they could find, but the human bones that were of little value to them still remained..Below, among the ruins, were more fascinating finds. A wall with intriguing shapes unlike any I have seen in any other coastal ruins, a human skull still mostly intact and a large damaged pot.
We will pick up at your Lima hotel and drive to Lurin valley (1hour/30 minutes from Lima), enjoying rural areas, fields and small towns en route. At the Hacienda “Los Ficus”, a private home/ranch, you will learn about the unique characteristics of the Peruvian Paso Horse, with a program and tour of the stables and pastures. You will see new-borns, as well as horses being trained for show and competition, observing their strong qualities.
The “chalanes” (riders), in typical Peruvian riding garments will demonstrate for you, on their horses with their luxurious outfit “apero”. For lunch or dinner, you will enjoy a typical Peruvian meal. Before you leave, there will be an opportunity to ride this amazing horse! At the conclusion, you will return to your hotel.
This is now offered any day of the week. For the luncheon program, pick up is approximately 11:00 a.m. for a 12:30 program (includes lunch). For the dinner program, pick up is at 15:00 p.m. for the program at 16:30 p.m. (includes dinner). 5 hours.
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