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. With our international travel planner, Nazca attractions like Cementerio Chauchilla can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The tour of this cemetery clarifies a lot the concept and perception of death by the nazca culture. Amazing and nothing macabre as one could think, I recommend!
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  • This cemetery on the high plateau close to Nazca is well worth a visit. We never thought to see mummies in open graves. Be sure you have a guide. You’ll learn a lot about the Incas and quite a bit abo...  more »
  • We went to Chauchilla on the second day of our visit in Nazca, just before our bus trip back to Lima. The place is about half an hour - hour drive from the city and most of this drive is going through...  more »
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  • Amazing sight where you can see the actual mummies still in their original graves. 12 open to view including children and pottery. 100's more grave but unfortunately they have been robbed at some point and have no contents. Nothing else here so it's a stand alone visit.
  • An ancient graveyard in the middle of nowhere, about two hours far from Nazca. Most of the mummies and ancient pottery were stolen and sold in archeological black markets. The remaining mummies are placed in restored tombs in the open air, well preserved. A different place to visit in Peru
  • 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.
  • All the graves were robbed in the 80s. What remains today is a room where there is a mummy on display and a number of open graves where assorted bones and remains have been placed in no particular order. If you are close by pop in but I wouldn't recommend making a special visit.
  • 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.

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