Apart from the Nazca Lines there's another, quite bisarre place in Nazca;
the Chauchilla desert cemetery some 30 kms out of town.
The Nazca culture
flourished in Peru from about 200 AD to 800 AD. One of the common aspects of the
pre-Inca and the Inca culture is that they created civilizations in very
inhospitable places, like inaccessible high Andes Mountains or living in the
middle of the desert. It`s a mystery in itself!
In the amazing Chauchilla
Cemetery, bodies from the ancient Nasca people were preserved by natural
mummification in the arid climate. It`s in contrary to the old Egyptians who
used artificial mummification.
The way of burying people this ancient
culture left to us mummies, ceramics, colorful textiles, skulls and devices, and
as far I could see: practically untouched!
Walking around the Chauchilla
cemetery was a pretty scary experience; the extreme dry and sunny climate had
preserved some of the corpses and body parts in a remarkable way, some with
pieces of clothing and braided hair intact, and there were bones, sculls and
corpses as shown on the photo. The mummified body looked like ghosts. It`s like
they were sending a message from the past. Sometimes I felt they very starring
directly towards me. I hoped they understood that the last thing I would like do
is to disturb them. For me one thing stood clear: let these people
rest in peace!Stein Morten Lund, 21 April
Read more on our website about great mysteries
The spectacular Lineas de Nazca in Peru are giant drawings of
animals and geometric figures in the desert sands of Pampa de San José near
Nazca. They are believed to be created around 300-700 BC. Who made them and what
was the purpose?
Some facts about the country:
- Formal country name:
Republic of Peru.
- Area: 1.28 million sq km.
- Population: 28 million.
- People : 54% Indian, 32% Mestizo (mixed European and Indian descent), 12%
Spanish descent, 2% Black, Asian minority
- Language: Aymara, Quechua,
Spanish; Castilian. - Religion: Over 90% Roman Catholic, small Protestant
- Government: constitutional republic.
Read more about
Peru on our website:
- The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco.
- Explore the
lost city of Machu Picchu.
- Experience the country`s beautiful scenery, the
- Visit home to some of the millions of highland Indians who
still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and maintain a traditional way of
- Get an adventure of life in the Amazon
Basin, which occupies half of Peru. Look up for the puma!