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You were so kind to my oldie from Bolivia, so another one from that trip.
There are people here on TE who like weird places and cemeteries. Chauchilla cemetery near Nazca is the weirdest place I have ever seen and I find it strange that Craig had't it on his bucket list.
The trip to Peru was my first trip organized by mysekf and I was rather unsure how it would be. Maybe the Peruvians seeing the four blond old Polish women felt pity, but they were extremely hospitable and helpful. When we were for instance in, say, A, they asked me about our plans. (My Spanish was very useful). I said: "We go to B". So they said "I have a cousin in B, if you like, I will call him and say you are coming". The same was in B, C, D, ... and all the trip went very smoothly.
When we came to Nazca, the "cousin" was waiting for us at the bus stop and everything was already prepared. The main purpose to go to Nazca was to see the famous lines from the small plane. They took us to the airport and shortly we were in the air! We were rather green on faces after half an hour flight in a small plane just for four, but we saw the lines:). And it was their idea to take us to Chauchilla. It was incredible experience. Imagine the big area with the bodies sitting there for thousand of years. It was very windy and no one in sight, only we and the driver. There was no protection of the graves - we could take the corpse and go away with it.
After this personal memories something from Wiki:

Chauchilla Cemetery is a cemetery that contains prehispanic mummified human remains and archeological artifacts, located 30 kilometres south of the city of Nazca.
The cemetery was discovered in the 1920s, but had not been used since the 9th century AD. The cemetery includes many important burials over a period of 600 to 700 years. The start of the interments was in about 200 AD. It is important as a source of archaeology to Nazca culture. The cemetery has been extensively plundered by huaqueros (grave robbers) who have left human bones and pottery scattered around the area. The site is by the Poroma riverbed and can be accessed off a dirt track from the Panamerican Highway. In 1997, the majority of the scattered bones and plundered pottery were restored to the tombs.

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