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Cemetery of Chauchilla - Ruin Nasca - Peru

Chauchilla is a Chincha period (1000-1460 AD) graveyard that makes an interesting day trip from Nazca. This somber collection of human remains is a stark reminder of the presence of looting in the area. Thousands of sun-bleached human bones, accompanied by scraps of textiles and snatches of human hair, are haphazardly strewn about the desolate landscape. Both time and looters have robbed the site of much of its archaeological integrity, leaving behind a jumble of bones and mess of human artifacts. Local archaeologists scramble to identify and piece together remnants of this desert cemetery, in a desperate attempt to salvage any historical information they can from the site. It is the only archaeological site in Peru where ancient mummies are seen in their original graves, along with ancient artifacts.


Approximate 28 kilometers (17 miles) southeast of Nasca town

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Ruin Types:

Travel Tips:

It is best to do this outing in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid he mid-day heat and strong sun.

Price Description:

There is no formal public transport to the site. A three-hour tour costs $25-30 per person (check if company includes the entry fee). To get there in your own vehicle, take the Pan-American Highway south 20 kilometers (12 mi) to the gravel-road turn-off, and follow that for 7 kilometers (4.3 mi, 30 min).

Tours cost $15-20 (check if company includes the entry fee)

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 4 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water, snacks and protection against the sun (hat, sun screen).

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Around Nasca that may be of interest: Mirador and Cerro and Ruins of Cahuachi.

24 Apr 2012

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