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Cementerio Chauchilla, Nazca

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
See if you can solve the mystery of a long-gone culture at Cementerio Chauchilla, a cemetery containing pre-Columbian mummified human remains and other artifacts from the period. Discovered in the 1920s, the site was used for around 600 to 700 years by the Nazca culture, the last time in the 9th century. The remains are well preserved due to the dry desert climate and various aspects of the funeral rites performed by the culture. With hair and skin still visible on the bodies in these open tombs, this cultural exhibit is a powerful introduction into the belief system of a native culture. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Nazca holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cementerio Chauchilla and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • excellent tour to air free... this close to the city. ideal to make it in the morning or after lunch.
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  • On the way to our next destination made a stopover here. Was interesting to see. A guide can tell you more at the locations, but that we have not done. There are no signs with information, but you can also fine itself along the cemeteries. That has also been impressive. We have about an hour spent on the visit and I thought that was fine.
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  • We did the tour with a Peruvian guide who explained the history of the Mummies: those are the only preserved in this way to the Peru but yet nothing is put forward to keep...
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  • This site is highly underrated in my opinion. As many people, we only went to Nazca to take a flight over the lines. However, as we had a few more hours until our bus, we looked for other things to do in Nazca. We did not expect much but found the cemetery (and the Cantalloc Aqueducts, which are usually done together in tours) fascinating and were surprised to be almost the only tourists there, in high season. A similar site in Europe would probably be filled with tourists. The cemetery itself takes less than an hour to visit but is a bit far away from the Nazca city center by car, and requires to go through a long gravel road. It is recommended to take a tour as there won't be any taxi there to bring you back. It takes less than an hour to visit, but count another one hour and a half of car to go there and come back to Nazca (if this is too long for your schedule, the aqueduct is probably a better choice as it is closer and a bit more unique). The airline arranged our tour with a local guide, but it is really easy to find a guide in Nazca. They initially asked for 80 soles per person for a 3-4 hours tour for four persons (incl. the Aqueduct, the cemetery and a few other sights on the way) but we negotiated the price down to 50 soles per person. The tours usually don't include the entry tickets of the Aqueduct (10 soles per person) and of the cemetery (8 soles per person) that you can buy at the entrance.
  • In the middle of nowhere they found a burial ground of the Nazca culture. The Nazca's didn't bury their dead, but put them in an upright position facing the sun, so the dead are all mummified.
  • Amazing that these mummies are out in the open.
  • Very interesting archeological site. A few graves are exposed for tourists, but you will actually be walking with ancient human remains and pottery shards all around you.
  • Nice mummies! You can also find some random bones in your path.

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The historic city of Nazca is a regional tourist hub, featuring a good set of accommodations to suit a range of styles and budgets. Primarily located in Zone 3, Nazca's main hotels range from the simple and budget-friendly, to grander, resort-style options, providing an array of amenities including swimming pools, spas, and tour booking services. The pricier and plusher options tend to be newly built, whereas the ones that attract the backpacker crowd are usually set in formerly residential buildings on the town's side streets.
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