One of Lima's most notable adobe pyramids, Huaca Huallamarca is a beautiful and inspiring testament to the pre-Inca civilizations, including the Lima Culture, that thrived in this area from the 3rd century BCE. The fact that it's extremely well preserved and located in Lima's more upscale San Isidro district means you'll likely have to share the experience with other out-of-towners, but don't let that discourage you. Though it was built well before the Incas, this Huaca, nicknamed Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Bread), was utilized by each dominant culture throughout the modern age, meaning there's a treasure trove of archaeological discoveries (mummies included) that can be viewed at the on-site museum. Walk the ramp to the top for a unique view of the surrounding cityscape and you'll have officially treated yourself to a cooler cultural experience than the good old LacroMar Shopping Center could ever hope to afford.
Location:San Isidro district, Lima