Huaca Pucllana

tombourlet 5 years ago Peru
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Huaca Pucllana

We arrived at our hostel at 5am, therefore we needed to burn some time therefore we made the short trip down to Huaca Pucllana, also known as Pucllana or Huaca Juliana.

Pucllana is one of the main attractions in Lima, an archeological site which was an important ceremonial ground where sacrificial rituals took place.

 

The Lima’s, who lived through this period were only 5 foot tall, so models were made up to show how they appeared. These were accurate as they were based on the skeletons found in the area. Damn I would feel tall around these people!

Lima People

 

The Lima’s lived in this area around the 400AD period, however eventually they were overtaken by the Inca’s. When the Spanish came, the Lima’s were grateful as they thought the Spanish would drive out the Inca’s and give them their land back. However, the Spanish betrayed the Lima’s and took over the entire area. Before you feel sorry for anyone, just remember they performed human sacrifices.

sacrifice in lima

On the subject of the human sacrifices, some were quite disturbing as often babies were also sacrificed. You can see in the image below how a human was tied up while sitting up straight and still alive, along with a baby, normally another adult, seeds, cotton and fish bones as well as a few pots. The pots were smashed from the top and then buried broken, they don’t know the exact reason why they did this but it was some kind of ritual to their gods.

Lima Sacrifice

 

I felt incredibly guilty as I really did try to pay concentration to the tour guide, however when a dog with a Mohawk struts past you, it is hard to concentrate, especially when you have the concentration of a confused fish.

Dog with a mohawk

 

We got to climb to the top of  Huaca Pucllana which gave us a great view of the city, while it also highlighted the contrast between historic buildings and modern culture.

Lima view

 

While walking around, you also get to one of the best bits where there is a garden and some animals. The garden shows the food they ate, such as sweet potatos, beans and other assorted vegetables. You then got to a pin where there were alpacas and llamas.

Llamas and alpacas

 

The white one is the llama and the small brown one is the alpaca. The main differences between llamas and alpacas is that llamas are bigger and have longer necks, while the alpaca is famed for having one of the most sought after furs in the world. Both are very cute and pull incredibly funny faces.

Llama chilling out

 

Here are some quick facts:

Address: Calle General Borgoño cuadra 8 S/n, Lima, Peru

Opening Times: 9am – 5pm

My overall verdict was that it was OK, and I felt obliged to visit, however it wasn’t the best fun and the guide clearly didn’t want to be there. Do it if you have plenty of time, but don’t rush to this site.

 Huaca Pucllana

 

Written by | tombourlet

Tom Bourlet is the creator of Spaghetti Traveller and has been addicted to travelling ever since taking a roadtrip across the USA.

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