20 March, Sunday I spent the night in Supe, and I'm staying another night. This is getting expensive, at Soles 50 ($17 US) - LOL. I wanted to have enough time to visit the Caral Ruins, the oldest center of civilization in the Americas. It dates to the time of Egypt and China, 5,000 years ago. It's influence was very wide up, down, and in to the Peru highlands. Trade was the primary function, and it was not a warfare oriented society. A lot of the social and religious structure developed here was utilized in later cultures. They built pyramids, which resemble those I've seen from the Mayan culture in southern Mexico and Guatemala.They had mathematics using knots on a series of ropes. They knew about astronomy and knew about the movement of the stars and sun. The town of Caral had about 3,000 population, with several upper classes plus the workers lived on the perimeter. First, before I left Supe, I needed supplies: Mercado, consisting of a large building with many independent vendors. You want it, you can find it. Bread, go to the bread area. Fish, chicken, it's there. Breakfast, that too. I didn't get good pictures of inside, but this is one: There were vendors outside on the street, all over the place. Very busy but very cool to experience. I've seen this same thing in Mexico. Today is Sunday, palm Sunday. I was stopped by a procession, short sermon, hymns, and prayers on the street. I wanted to get a picture of the "Senor", despite the reaction of the members of the procession. Yes, there was a band too. Road as I'm getting close to Caral. I was able to ride the moto farther than the cars, across a foot bridge and parked near a vendor on the foot path to the site. It still was a 15 minute walk in to the site. It's very hard to get good pictures of the buildings. Many of the structures you cannot get high enough for a picture, and they are too large to fit in the picture You just have to go there. For me the experience is being able to stand and walk around where people lived in a complex and advanced society, 5,000 years ago. It's like going to Egypt or the Forbidden City in China, but Caral is right here in the Americas. Pyramid, with similarities to other pyramids in the Americas Sun dial with very short shadow - I'm near the equator: You have to go with a guide, and the fellow who accompanied me was good. My tour was in Spanish. Just being able to stand there and experience the place is satisfying in itself. I'm also glad I saved Caral for the end, because I have become more educated about the various cultures here over my travels, and I could see the influence Caral has on them all. I recommend this long tour, over seeing Macchu Piccu – although I haven't been there yet. When I see it next year with my wife, maybe my outlook will change.