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Paredones - Ruin Nasca - Peru

The ancient Nasca culture wasn’t the only one to leave behind evidence of their presence. Just on the south edge of town are the ruins of Paredones, an Inca administrative center. It was possibly built during Inca Pachacútec’s reign (1438-1471 AD). Some archaeologists believe it may have been a tambo, or a rest stop on the Inca road, or more probably a royal retreat. Other theories include that it was a jail or a fortress.

The site, which extends 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) by 80 meters (262 ft), is divided into seven sectors. Three of these (sectors IV, V and VII) are the best preserved. Structures include rooms, temples, ceremonial plazas and a Casa de las Escogidas (House of the Chosen). They are built of stone and adobe, and exhibit architectural similarities with the Cusco area, like trapezoid windows. One of the most impressive buildings is a tower.


1 kilometer (0.6 mi) South of Nasca Village

Nasca, Peru

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Getting There

Tours cost $18-45 (check if entry ticket is included). A taxi to Paredones, Cantayo and El Tellar (geoglyphs in Buena Vista) costs $8 per hour. Or walk out Calle Arica to the South for 1 kilometer (0.6 mi, 15 min).

Travel Tips:

Tours to Cantayo Aqueduct often include Paredones in the itinerary. You can easily do it on your own, combing the two sites in one outing.

Price Description:

Included in one-day circuito municipal ticket which covers the Aqueducts, Paredones and El Tellar and can be purchased at any of the sites (adults $3.75, children $1)

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 4 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water, snacks and protection against the sun (hat, sun screen).

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Nasca that may be of interest: Cemetery of Chauchilla, Cantayo Aqueducts, Ruins of Cahuachi and Mirador and Cerro.

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