Lima, Peru: History and gastronomy at Huaca Pucllana

Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Isabel Guerra on May 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm
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Ancient Adobe walls (Photo: Isabel Guerra).

We guess that there are not too many places in the world where you can learn about a city’s ancient history while also enjoying some of the best local food specialties at the same time. There is one of these spots in Lima: the old Huaca Pucllana site, located in Miraflores district, very close to the sea shore, and which is usually included in many sightseeing city tours. We are going to tell you something else about this place.

Huaca Pucllana archaeological site used to be a religious, administrative  and commercial centre during ancient Lima Culture times (200-700 AD); a huge, pyramid-shaped construction built with hand-made clay bricks, consecrated to the adoration of the Moon and the Ocean, has been under investigations for some 20 years now, and many interesting findings are nowadays showcased at its small site museum.

At present, Huaca Pucllana also hosts a luxury gourmet restaurant with a privileged view of the ruins, and also a small garden with native flora and fauna, like guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus, locally known as “cuy”) or the Peruvian Hairless Dog.

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View of a section of the ruins and part of the restaurant Huaca Pucllana (Photo: Isabel Guerra)

Huaca Pucllana is also used sometimes as a venue for special fashion or social events, or even for small concerts.

Most city tours include this site, but if you want to make a special visit on your own, the admission costs only 10 soles (some US $3), and the place is open Wed-Mon from 10am tp 5pm.

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Hairless Peruvian Dog at Huaca Pucllana (Photo: Isabel Guerra)

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