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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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  • In spite of being told this place was not worth the visit, I am glad I went. Yes the mummies are in rough shape but you can still get a feel for the people who lived and died in this area and some of ...  more »
  • At the box office are the toilets. On the vast plain are several shelters over the exposed graves. The burial chamber are insulated from the stones on the bottom of the Chambers is one or two sitters "Mummy", all wrapped up in almost all of the substance, on the Hill is mostly a skull. The graves were vykradeny, so somewhere in the Chambers are also freely lying skull or bones.
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  • There are only a few pre-Inca tombs to visit but the State of preservation is amazing! The setting is magical: at the foot of a mountain in the desert with the Sun that warms and the wind blowing... A wonderful memory.
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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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