Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
21Trip End Apr 25, 2010
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Later that morning we visited the Chauchilla Cemetery an old Nazca burial place discovered in the 1920's. Unfortunately the place has been looted by grave robbers and the whole area is littered with human bones and bits of ancient cloth - its amazing! The graves have been excavated and the existing mummies placed back inside. They are in very good condition considering they are well over a thousand years old - still with hair, some with skin and their beautiful textiles still intact. We had the best guide ever to show us round the cemetery, her name was
Hilda and she was awesome. She was so animated and enthusiastic that we all hung on her every word! I thought the cemetery was incredible and enjoyed it immensely, unlike Sarah who felt it was ghoulish, eerie, a bit gruesome, grizzly and disrespectful of the dead. It was all of those, but I still loved it!
The overnight bus to Arequipa was canceled due to the strikes, so in the afternoon we had to return to Lima by bus in order to fly from Lima to Arequipa the next day. The bus trip was a massive 8 hours, so we were over the moon when we discovered that the buses are excellent, with plenty of legroom, reclining seats with foot rests, films and food - it was better than the flight from Heathrow to Lima! And when we got there we were even more ecstatic to find a hairdryer, shampoo and conditioner in the hotel bathroom - sheer luxury!