Nazca lines, Ancient pre-Inca cemetery with mummies, silver -gold extraction
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We arrived in Nazca late yesterday PM and went directly to our motel on the outskirts of town. Turned out that it was one of the two nicest places we stayed, not that anyplace was bad. Once again do not remember the name but I do have pictures. Had a very unusual meal cooked at the motel. A hole is dug in the ground and a fire made that has a lot of coals. Meat (pork, chicken, beef) mixed with a number of different kinds of potatoes,carrots ect with a brooth mixed in a large pottery container is put on top of the embers and the whole thing covered with dirt. Very similar to how Hawaiians cook some of their food. This cooked most of day and they uncovered it right before supper was served.
After a very nice breakfast the next morning we boarded our little bus and headed out to the Chauchilla cemetery. The people were buried sitting up and wrapped in cotton cloth and then covered with a resin. With so little rain and such low humidity, mummification occured with many remains still having hair and flesh.
After a quick lunch we went to the airport and everyone but one person took a rde in a small plane over the Nazca lines. These lines are best seen from the air which has confused people, why build pictures of birds,monkeys ect. when you can hardly see them from the ground level. These lines were brought to the attention of people after the advent of air travel and pilots reported shapes of animals and strange lines on the desert ground. The lines were actually made by digging down into the soil which is not dirt or sand but is small rocks which do not blow around and fill up the lines.
After the flight, took awhile as each plane just held 3 passengers. Was very interesting to see all the different drawings and lines. Some of the long lines almost look like landing areas for aircraft which has led some people to use this area as proff that earth has been visited by extraterrestials some time in the past.--No Comment!!! We went back into town to see a number of shops that had some beautifull gold and silver stuff as necklaces, earrings, and regular rings. Nazca is still an area were silver and gold is extracted from mineral ore dug up in the mountains.
We went out for supper and I had a alpaca steak and really enjoyed it very much--maybe even better than beef--Would have to think it is better for you as more lean meat(less fat) but still had a very good taste. We went back to our motel to pack our stuff as we were to catch a public (express, so very few stops) bus for an overnight bus ride to the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa.