Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017
The steps of the first Spaniards who raided the sanctuary of Pachacamac in Peru have been retraced in a tour of the ruins of that site’s ancient temples and palaces, nearly after 500 years. Pachacamac is a major pre-Columbian deity.
Walking along roads excavated from the desert around Lima, a small group of tourists covered the “Route of the Spaniards,” a guided visit organised by the Pachacamac Site Museum on the 482nd anniversary of the Spanish founding of Lima.
Visitors strolled on the monumental pyramids, entered the governor’s palace and reached the painted temple of Pachacamac at the sanctuary, where a wooden idol of that major deity and oracle of the central coast of Ancient Peru – known as the god of earthquakes – is preserved in an on-site museum.
Pachacamac is still worshiped today, with pilgrims continuing to arrive at the temple with offerings to honor the equinoxes and solstices of the Andean agrarian calendar.