464Km Panamericana Sur Highway, Nazca, Peru
Chauchilla cemetery Nazca Reviews
Macabre history in the the desert Jul 29, 2009
It is quite a lugubrious thought, watching exposed dead bodies as a tourist attraction. However, the notion that these bodies are 1500 years old and many things about them are well preserved, makes this a very interesting archeological site.
The site exists of a number of gravepits, open, but with a sort of canopy built over them, in which the Nazcan mummies are sitting, still in their fetal positions.
Most gravepits are not in their origninal state however: one and a half millenium of graverobbing has destroyed most of the pits, and the recovered remains from the lost pits are now housed in the ones still existing.
After having seen the first few gravepits, the tour becomes a bit monotonous, as for the laymans eye (i.e. non-archeologists), the pits look quite similar. Still the site is very interesting, and if you have seen enough bones, the surroundings are very beautiful and impressive too.
Then there is still the visitor centre, very small, just two showcases, but with the best preserved mummies.
All in all, this site is definately worth a visit.
Part of the Peru 2009 travel blog
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Mummies in Nazca - Chauchilla Cemetery Feb 15, 2008
Usually when people think about Nazca, they just remember the incredible Nazca Lines, but forget that a civilization was living there and left great remainings. One of these is the Cemetery of Chauchilla.
It is located close to downtown. I would recommend to take a cab and ask them to wait for you, since it's located on the highway.
The mummies are so well preserved, which is impressive. This is the only place in Peru where you can find the mummies in their original locations (tombs). You can't touch them, but can get really close to them. Besides the mummies which are the highlight, you can find some pottery and textiles.
Definitely if you are in Nazca, this place is worth to visit plus is really cheap.
Part of the Ica, Peru 2008 - an Adventure which ended happily :) travel blog
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