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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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  • cant believe these mummies have been there so long!! Great nazca tours took us out there, great knowledge not rushed fantastic site to see  more »
  • Can only be melancholy visit to a cemetery with graves in which are the remains of people placed in the fetal position. A little bother me the thought that visiting it was as if breach any of the solemnity of the place and of the poor people that those remains evoked. Don't rivisiterei.
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  • This cemetery is located about 30 minutes from Nazca, with little structure in the middle of the desert, with Sun and too much wind. Unfortunately the tombs are not all preserved, because the lack of security does not preserve the mummies. Anyway worth knowing if you have time.
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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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