Pre-Inca Ruins

If you’re looking to explore pre-Inca ruins and want to find the best places to view Pre-Inca history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of pre-Inca ruins and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Pre-Inca sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring these pre-Incan ruins .

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Pre-Inca sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Pre-Inca: Site Index

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Cahuachi

Cahuachi is an ancient site of the Nazca civilization in Peru.

Cahuachi is believed to have been a pilgrimage site of the Nazca people. Still an active archeological site, Cahuachi is dominated by several adobe pyramids made of sand and clay as well as having a graveyard. Little is known about Cahuachi, but as it overlooked the Nazca Lines, it is thought... Read More

Cerro Patapo

Cerro Patapo was the site of a city of the Wari civilisation only discovered in 2008.

Cerro Patapo is an archaeological site near Chiclayo in Peru which houses the remains of a city of the Wari Empire. This empire, which ruled much of the Andes, had a presence in Peru from approximately 600 AD to 1100 AD. Only discovered in 2008, Cerro Patapo was a vitally important... Read More

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Chan Chan

Chan Chan in Peru was the capital of the Chimu civilisation and is a UNESCO listed site.

Chan Chan is an impressive site in Peru and the world’s largest adobe city as well as the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas. As the capital of the ancient Chimu civilisation, Chan Chan was developed in around 1300 AD and would have reached its peak in the fifteenth century,... Read More

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Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery is a fascinating ancient burial ground with Peru’s largest display of mummified bodies in their original graves.

Chauchilla Cemetery is an ancient Nazca burial ground in the town of Nazca, Peru. Relatively unknown, particularly when compared to the world famous Nazca Lines, Chauchilla Cemetery dates back to 1000 AD and is one of the most open displays of mummified bodies. Chauchilla Cemetery has been severely looted over the... Read More

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El Brujo

El Brujo is an early Chimu archaeological site in Peru.

El Brujo in Peru was a Moche (early Chimu) settlement inhabited between 100 and 700 AD. Now an archaeological site, the main features of El Brjuo are its three “huacas” or sacred pyramid temples. The best preserved of El Brujo’s trio of temples, thought to have been sites of ceremonial significance,... Read More

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are ancient earth drawings in Peru and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Nazca Lines are a series of large shapes embedded in the earth known as “geoglyphs” in Peru’s Nazca Desert. Spread over 450 square kilometres of the Pampa Colorada region in between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, the origin of the Nazca Lines is a subject of much debate, but... Read More

Royal Sipan Tombs

The Sipan Tomb Museum holds the treasures of the 4th century tomb of the Moche Lord of Sipan.

The Sipan Tomb Museum in Peru displays the treasures found at the Royal Sipan Tombs, originally uncovered in the Lambayeque Valley. The Royal Sipan Tomb was the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipan, a great warrior and a significant figure amongst the Moche people dating back to the fourth century... Read More

The Bruning Museum

The Brüning Museum has a varied set of exhibits from Peru's history, focusing primarily on the pre-Incas.

The Brüning Museum (Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning) in Lambayeque, is an archaeological museum with a varied set of exhibits from Peruvian history, but focusing primarily on the pre-Incas. One of the highlights is known as the Gold Room or Sala de Oro.... Read More

The Moche Temples

The Moche Temples are two ancient adobe pyramid temples in Peru.

The Moche Temples in Peru are made up of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, translated as the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Moche was a pre-Inca civilisation which preceded that of the Chimu and is sometimes thought of as early Chimu. It dates from around 100 to... Read More

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Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku in Bolivia was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilisation and is a UNESCO listed site.

Tiwanaku in Bolivia is an impressive archaeological site housing the capital of pre-Inca empire. Much about Tiwanaku remains a mystery and the subject of ongoing academic debate. Tiwanaku started out as a small farming village in approximately 1200 BC, possibly the first to ever cultivate potatoes. Over the course of the... Read More