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Cerro Sechin, Casma

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  • Andean archaeological settlement very pre-incainco. Old Museum, mystical place. Visit 'private' in my case.
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  • This place has a very nice and interesting ceremonial center. It is an enclosure of stones in high relief that narrates the history of the vanquished and victors. Dates from about 1800 BC
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  • Chankillo we leave first thing in the afternoon and in less than half an hour we were entering the grounds of the archeological site Sechin Hill. The site is diametrically opposite to Chankillo nestled in a desert. Sechin is quite profuse vegetation, the walk also of a hill. In fact the site is prepared with tables and benches so that visitors can dine under the trees before or after the visit. The circuit it is organized in such a way that first access to the Museum Max Uhle, paying that income, is included the visit to the archaeological site. The Museum, important and very broad structure, has a poor display of materials. What we value most in our case was the model that is the structure of the main temple, excavated to date. A series of reproductions to size of the unique paintings that retain their colors and their motives, giant fish and some mythical animal are also very successful. We left the Museum after a short time and as unique visitors, and embarked on the tour of the temple. In fact to the actual site you can not enter, but rather it is surrounded partly by its exterior. Hence, the important paintings and walls which retain their original colors, only seen in those reproductions in the Museum. Theme of conservation... in the end... There are no guides in place, you have to find out before or after the visit about the history of what can be seen during the tour. And this is dazzling. The temple is surrounded by a kind of wall composed of slabs of stone of considerable size, some higher than others and staggered studied way. The faces looking on the outside are polished, smoothed and exhibit them suggestive motifs of warriors in procession, whose meaning is not fully elucidated. Julio C. Tello, its discoverer, believed that the site was responding to influences from the other historical enclave: Chavin de Huantar, considered the most ancient civilizations in America until a few years ago. But it turned out, on the one hand, that Sechin is older than Chavin, and then the discovery of Caral, this became the oldest enclave of America. The figures recorded in the pottery - more than 300-, estimated were carried out in the last stage of the shrine, 1,800 years before Christ and are intimidating - human (arms, legs, heads, cutaway bodies, vertebrae and internal organs) represent offal as if they were scattered by the soil, they recreate a dramatic picture. Today does not frighten, although perhaps it was the goal that its authors sought at that time. Precisely those stones seems to speak only of violence, but the reason remains in the shadows. It is a site that cannot be overlooked, perhaps at some point the prints we speak of that distant past. We left the place heading Casma and the hotel Las Poncianas, final destination of the day.
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