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Cementerio Chauchilla, Nazca

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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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  • Quite interesting. Who took me there was Raúl, the Nazca Trips, simply the best tour guide I've ever had in all Peru. Recommend.
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  • If you have an extra day in Nazca, after viewing the famous lines, Chauchilla is definitely worth a visit. Ancient mummies still exist, and the tombs offer hints into a culture lost in time. 
  • Chauchilla cemetery/open air museum is the pitiful remnant of what was once a Grand pre-Inca cemetery. Treasure diggers have hundreds of graves ransacked. Shallow pits in the desert, botresten and pieces of textile still testify of the places where once hundreds of people are buried. The national cultural Institute has a few dreary remnants (mummies) of the looting arranged in a few exposed graves. Look at what you see and not remember what has been lost.
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  • This place is so interesting... and a little creepy. It's incredible to see the mummies and the way they have been preserved for almost 2000 years. Although the are down in pits, you get a really good view of them because they're so close. There are a few different pits and quite a few mummies (I'm convinced some of them were looking at me!) If you make the trip to Nazca to see the lines, try to get here as well. I did it as a tour from the town because I stayed overnight. You could do it on your own as well but it's probably better to have a guide give you the history of the place.
  • Nice mummies! You can also find some random bones in your path.
  • Creepy and interesting place! Mummies more than 2,000 years old are open to see.
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