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One Old Metropolis

The pre-Hispanic ruins of Caral mark the site of of the oldest cities in the Americas and one of the most venerable cities in the world: A number of the structures at this metropolis of the Norte Chico (or simply Caral) civilization overlap in age with the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "Sacred City" of Caral was established in about 2600 B.C. on a sere desert bench above the Supe Valley, some 120 miles north of Lima. The 5,000-year-old site, open to the public via guided tours, includes houses, plazas, and a number of imposing, pyramid-like structures, the biggest of which is the Templo Mayor (or "Great Pyramid").

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