Nazca - Arequipa

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
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Trip End Jul 20, 2008


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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The trip to Nazca along the Pan-American Highway took us thru some incredibly rugged terrain.  The all too frequent road-side memorials are evidence of the nature of the road and the driving habits of the locals.  Nazca exists as a tourist stop because of the <nazca Lines - large pictograms formed into the desert floor by the >Nazca people 2000 years ago - incredibly preserved by the arid conditions in this area.  Also visited the Cementario and tombs of the ancient Ica-chinca people.  The mummies preserved by the dry desert and cotton bindings.  Off to Arequipa by tourist bus tonight with warnings about thieves, hijackers and treachorous road.  Everyones feeling a bit dubious.

Pleasantly suprised by the deluxe conditions on the bus - lots of leg room, very reclining seats, ´´cold´´ dog and black coffee for brekky! Even so, hugely tired when we hit the hotel around 9am.  I did a Monasterio del Santa Catalina tour while M slept, then exchange -I slept while M internetted. Both suffering a little altitude sickness and we are only at 2500m - tomorrow we climb to 3800m !
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