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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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  • When in Nazca they recommended me to do this visit and I have to say, it was a great recommendation, it is the first time I have seen real mummies outside Egypt and they have been preserved for over 1...  more »
  • This place is about a half hour drive from Nazca town, on a bumpy gravel road. Worth a visit, very interesting learning of the ancient Nazca culture and how they used to live, as well as their burial ...  more »
  • Such history! ... can't believe it is preserved as well as it is. Very unusual! How did people live there?? Why did they develop the customs they did?  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Creepy and interesting place! Mummies more than 2,000 years old are open to see.