Huaca Pucllana sits right in the middle of Miraflores district of Central Lima, Peru. The pyramid provides a history of Peruvian architecture even though it’s surrounded by colorful modern architecture.
The archaeological site costs about 12 Peruvian Sols to enter and comes with a guided tour. They will not allow you to roam the site without the guided tour due to its past; the site used to be a playground and there are stories of citizens riding dirt bikes on the pyramid. It was pretty shocking to hear the abuse it has taken over the years.
The seven platform pyramid is made from adobe and clay. The site serve as a historical significance of Peruvian Coast society development; Huaca Pucllana serve as a ceremonial and administrative center for Lima culture. It dates back to 200 AD to 700 AD. Huaca Pucllana was built to withstand earthquakes evidence by the clay’s upright posture. It was pretty advance engineering for its times.
The area has multiple pits for sacrifice and the top of the pyramids had hundreds of tombs. Furthermore, the site was controlled by elite clergymen and the elite would designate a human sacrifice within their family. The female sacrifice would live her life knowing she would be sacrifice one year. Once sacrificed, another layer of the pyramid would be built over the sacrifice.
Overall, Huaca Pucllana is pretty interesting to visit. It also has a restaurant and a small souvenir shop. Lastly, the tour is only an hour and you don’t have to travel far to visit since it’s in the middle of Lima. Plus, it’s under 20 USD to enter, so it doesn’t break the bank.
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