Mystery´s In the Sand

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

We headed to one of lifeīs unsolved archaeological mysteries.....the Nazca lines.  Etched into the arid land of Pampa Colorado are some 300 geoglyphs.  The lines are practically indecipherable from land and each geoglyph is mostly made of one continuous line.  They are lines, triangles, rectangles and figures of animals and objects. 

Who constructed the lines and why is the great mystery.  It is mostly determined they were made between 900 BC and AD 600 by Nazca or Paracas peoples.  Some claim they are for astronomical purposes, an irrigation map, religious ceremonies, ET landing sites, etc, etc, etc.  How they were able to draw these massive figures from the ground without seeing them is amazing.  However one person predicts they used hot air balloons to view them.

We took a four seat Cessna plane up over a large concentration of the figures to see them for ourselves.  It was our first time going up in a small plane and it was surprisingly pleasant.  We didnīt feel sick at all.  The plane turns left and right over each geoglyph for a better view and the first one or two was a little unnerving but then we realized it was fine and enjoyed it.  My favorite was the hummingbird and the tree.  You will have to magnify the pics to see the figures. 

We also did a tour to the Chauchilla Cemetery near Nazca in the dessert.  This sit was found by scattered bones across the dessert left by tomb robbers and are now carefully put back into various underground tombs that have been uncovered.  They date back to the Nazca culture around 1000 AD though our guide told us they werenīt Nazcan.  Another of lifeīs mysteries!  The mummies were a bit erie looking up at you from the tombs many with faces that seemed to scream up at us.  There was still tons of hair remaining some still intact to the skull.  These people did not cut their hair and was a symbol of leadership-shaman in the culture.  You can still see some dried skin on the bones.  You can also still see misc bones shards scattered across the landscape.

Next we headed to the coastal town of Paracas for what is deemed the poor manīs Galapagos for a tour of Islas Ballestas.  Iīm sure it is a far, far, far, far, far, far, cry from the Galapagos but the avian diversity was interesting.  Home to flamingos, penguins, pelicans, sea lions and many other coastal birds.  We enjoyed the small town and its ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice). 
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