Doing a few lines
Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
45Trip End Jan 20, 2008
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Then, whilst ill, onto Nasca (as they seem to spell it around here...)
In any event, I took a flight. Over the lines. I'm not sure how the photos turned out - possibly too much desert, not enough line. But we'll see. As I had been told, the geometric ones were more impressive than the animal ones - and the lines, that stretched off in straight directions, towards the mountains. According to modern hypotheses, with slightly more evidence than von Daniken, they were meant to be channels, through which the gods could send water in times of drought. Hence them all pointing to/going up mountains, the source of most water in the area. Being gods, they very rarely did this. Divine intervention not being common. The flight was entertaining, as well. Very small plane, that I was not sure would fly
The afternoon, I spent being taxied around various sites of interest, locally. The cemetary, at Chauchilla. Interesting, for a while. My driver/guide, not speaking English, explained to me that the larger, adobe tombs were of nobles, whereas poorer people simply had holes in the ground. Some tombs were of families, up to six or seven people. Grave robbers have stolen everything of value, but many mummified bodies remain. Then I wandered around. Interesting, at first. But there is only so much pre-Inca mummification you can take (oh look - another tomb, with mummies in foetal positions), and in the end the environment begins to take more of your attention. Arid desert, stretching for miles. A dry riverbed (it only fills with water from January to March) is surrounded by the only greenery visible. Trees and plants that need little water. An apt location for death.
Then a trip to the aquaducts at Cantallo. Impressive 2000 year old tunnels, bringing water down from the mountains even when the rivers dried. Built from stones piled on top of each other, but capable of withstanding earthquakes, they are an engineering feat. Small sections are exposed, and there are regular "windows" which allow ventilation. But, once again, after four or five of these windows, you've peered down enough holes exposing water, and start paying more attention to the mountains and birdlife surrounding. It definitely seems less dead than the cemetary.
Onto Lima next. Hey ho. I will post some photos, attached to this entry, when I can find somewhere that allows me to download my photos from my camera...and which I've now done. I still need a haircut, though.