Ancash Coastal strip boasts attractive beaches and an enigmatic desert with magnificent sand dunes and fertile green valleys. The main cities of the Coast are Chimbote, Casma and Huarmey. Beaches to visit: Tortugas, Tuquillo, La Gramita and Las Aldas.
Carbon Dating: 3400 years – Soon into the list of the World Cultural Heritage
The complex includes the hilltop Chankillo fort, the nearby thirteen towers built as solar observatory complex, and residential and gathering areas. The thirteen towers have been interpreted as an astronomical observatory built in the 4th century BC, being one the oldest observatories that have being found in South America.
Carbon dating: 4000 to 5500 years
Here you will be able to appreciate 300 stone monoliths that represent triumphant warriors over the human remains of the defeated. Sechín is almost 4,000 years old, being 500 hundred years older than Chavín. The recently discovered Pre- Sechín Circular Plaza Hundida of Sechín Bajo with 5,500 years establishes this culture as the most ancient in Peru (500 years older than Caral, information still unknown by the public).
Extensions of Ancash Coast
Caral was a large settlement in the Supe Valley, near Supe town, in the Barranca province of Peru, some 200 km. north of Lima. Caral is one the most ancient cities of the Americas. The archaeologist Ruth Shady further explored the 5,000 year-old city of pyramids in the Peruvian desert, with its elaborate complex of temples, an amphitheater and ordinary houses. The urban complex is spread out over 150 acres (607,000 m²) and contains plazas and residential buildings. Caral was a thriving metropolis at roughly the same time that Egypt’s great pyramids were being built.
It is also an excellent choice to combine Casma and The Moche Route towards Trujillo and Chiclayo