Pachacamac and Peruvian Paso Horses

It is hard to believe that our vacation in Peru was over 2 years ago and my previous post about our trip was far too long ago and I thank you for your patience.

Our final day in Peru had us visiting ancient ruins and to be witnesses to the result of 400 years of selective horse breeding.

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Our first stop of the day was the ancient ruins of Pachacamac which is a Pre-Inca archaeological site located roughly 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru.  The site was the most important religious center of indigenous people at the Peruvian coast in pre-Hispanic times.  Over 15 pyramids have been discovered in this huge ancient complex.   According to researchers, the main city and administrative center were built by the Wari culture somewhere between 600-800 AD. Even though the Wari empire declined,  Pachacamac grew in importance as a religious center in ancient times and most of the common buildings and temples date between 800 and 1450 AD.  You can follow this link to see the Google Maps satellite view and see its proximity to modern settlements.  Of all the historic sites we visited it is the only one that had armed guards strategically located throughout the property.  We were told that the enhanced security was to prevent theft of important artifacts in particular the bricks and stone that locals use to build their homes.

Our next stop was to the Hacienda “Los Ficus”, located in Lurin valley, a short drive from Pachacamac.  After passing through 2 sets of security gates we entered a magnificent hacienda and home to the famous Peruvian Paso horse.  After we toured the grounds, we were treated to a wonderful show of agility and grace of these impressive horses.  The Peruvian Paso horse is world-famous for its unique, inborn gait and is undoubtedly the smoothest riding horse in the world.  Their heritage is traced back to the Spanish horses brought to America by Christopher Colombus and the Conquistadores.  The Peruvian Paso horse has been in isolation for almost 500 years and has evolved as one of the purest breeds in the world.  There are national events for these horses to demonstrate their skills including the Marinera dance which you will see in the images I have included.   After the show we enjoyed a typical Peruvian lunch and then our bus ride back to Lima.  Our hosts at Hacienda Los Ficus were outstanding and we were once again surprised at the diversity and complexity of Peru.

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I hope you have enjoyed my posts about Peru and perhaps it will help you decide to journey there or not.  We certainly enjoyed the trip and hope to go back one day.

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  1. Scott Martin January 13, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Time does fly by Arni but this post was worth the wait! Those horses are stunningly beautiful. I will be looking for a Philly post in the next couple of years 🙂

    • Arni February 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Scott. Taking pictures of the horses was quite enjoyable. Thanks also for the poke to try and be more timely in my blog posts 🙂