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The Dead City

One of the biggest archaeological sites in Peru, the Dead City of Cajamarquilla lies on the edge of Lima. The enigmatic sprawl of adobe pyramids and homes, laced with walls and canals, dates from A.D. 500, when the Huari (Wari) settled the spot. After the decline of the Huari, Cajamarquilla came to be occupied by other pre-Columbian cultures, among them the Ychma and the Inca. Edged by Lima sprawl, the Dead City has lost some of its centuries-old ruins to development, but what remains offers an alluring glimpse into the deep pre-Columbian heritage of the Peruvian coast.

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