Some of Peru’s Oldest Ruins Are Right in the Middle of Lima

You don’t need to hike Machu Picchu to experience the country’s rich history

Conde Nast Traveler (27.01.2020) Travelers to Peru usually make a beeline to the country’s cultural icons, like the ruins of Machu Picchu or the Incan heartland of Lake Titicaca, and for good reason: Peru’s World Heritage sites are rich with ancient history and bucket list-topping experiences. Lima, on the other hand, is the city you stop through on the way—hopefully with a enough time for a meal at Virgilio Martinez’s Central if you’re lucky.

Overshadowed by the charm of smaller towns like Cusco, the Peruvian capital tends to get (unfairly) written off as just another big Latin American city. Many assume it lacks the ancient cultural touchstones found elsewhere in the country. But snuggled between those white high-rise apartment buildings, sit towering mounds of camel-colored clay that are more than three times as old as Machu Picchu, also known as Lima’s huacas.

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