Hotel Nuevo Cantalloc
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Arrived in the town of Nazca at before 7 in the morning.
looked up where I stay for Hospedaje Picaflor about 1km away from the Cruz del Sur bus station. Walked all the way on the same Lima Street to Picaflor. I came in and to check in at 7:30AM. It's alowed me to get in a room which it is a very plus. I walked up on the third floor and all my stuffs left in it then came out of the hotel.
To look for travel agent or Cessna Air ...
... a pretty vomit inducing experience and I'm not particularly reassured by the tourist plane crash track record of at least 3 in the last 3 years... So I give it a miss and just go up to the view point on the side of the main road about half an hour out of town and hitch a lift with a francophone tour group back to Nasca before catching the Cusco ...
... out on the truck and Chris went exploring. They can see from satellite images that there's 39 more pyramids in the area estimated to be bigger than Machu Picchu, but at a cost of US$70,000 p/mth to excavate, not much has been done in 20ys since it was first discovered. Furthermore, very little info is know about the existing one.
Our next stop was the Nazca lines. This is what Nazca is famous for... A collection of shapes etched into the dessert floor ...
... on the black market. Luckily there were still 12 tombs to view. Very interesting.
After this was a tour of Cahuachi, pyramid like structures built by the ancient Nazcas. It wasn't very spectacular at all but I could see the resemblance between the Nazcas and the ancient Egyptians with mummified bodies and pyramids.
The bus picked us up at 7 and Claire had saved a seat for me beside her. We would be on board for 10 more hours en route to Arequipa in the south. ...
... a much lower altitude so we’ll have a better view of the lines. It should be good.
I went out for dinner at a restaurant near the hostel called Mamashana. It was excellent! It was a little more expensive than some of the other places around, but this was a proper nice restaurant. I had the aji de gallina, which is shredded chicken with potatoes in a creamy sauce, with a side of rice. It was delicious! This was the dish that ...