For many years Chauchilla cemetery was looted by treasure hunters, who destroyed the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. Grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, visitors also can see several tombs centuries’ old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the dessert surface. It is the only archaeological site in Peru, in which ancient mummies are seen in their original graves, along with ancient artifacts, dating back to 1000 AD. Our excursion also includes the visits to the Nazca ceramic workshop and the gold extraction process center.
Photo Gallery of the Cemetery of Chauchilla
Our customers are picked up at the designated time from their hotel by our local guide, and afterwards we will drive to the south of Nazca, following the Pan American Highway for about 21 kilometers and then we took a detour over a dirty road of 7 kilometers that leads to the archaeological site of Chauchilla. In the graveyard of Chauchilla we will visit many tombs containing ancient pottery and humans remains. Our guide will be in charge of leading you throughout the place and explain about this old culture that flourished in the zone some 1000 years ago. In addition to the tombs, our customers will also enjoy a beautiful desert landscape surrounded by colourful hills. After touring around Chauchilla, we will go back to Nasca to visit a ceramic studio, where a craftsman will give us a good explanation about the Nazca ceramics. Here we will be able to learn step by step all the process involve in the elaboration of Nazca vessels, as well as purchase some Nazca ceramics and others souvenirs.
To finish off our tour, we will also visit a local place where miners are working hard in order to extract gold. Here there will be a miner who kindly will explain the old method they use to get the gold out of the rocks. End of the tour.
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3 hours approx. .
09:00 hrs. / 14:30 hrs.
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Archaeological Attractions in Nazca
Would you like to explore an ancient cemetery over 2000 years old ?
Explore with us the Death Valley in Nazca and discover one of the most bizarre cemeteries ever found in Peru. Travel across the desert and enjoy great Peruvian natural sceneries, passing old native communities and strange desert forest. This is a unique tour, where no many tourist have ventured before, it is an ideal place for those in search of things shrouded in mystery !!!. In addition to the mummies and old tombs, this tour also offers the great chance to visit the metallic tower or mirador to see two of the famous Nazca Lines drawings.
Guided Excursion to the Temples & Pyramids of Cahuachi in Nazca
The Ceremonial city of Cahuachi is located about 28 kilometres away from the modern city of Nazca, at the lower section of the Nazca Valley, virtually in the middle of the desert. Since 1982 the Italian Archaeologist Giuseppe Orefeci has begun a tireless work uncovering the ancient city of the Nazca people. The archaeological complex covers an area of 24 square kilometres and within its territory exist huge pyramids, temples and platforms, which are brought to light year by year by Giuseppe Orefeci and his team. Click on the image to learn more.
Guided Tour to the Antonini Museum at the Italian Research Center
Don't miss this great opportunity to visit one of the best museums we have on the southern coast of Peru. The Antonini museum houses the discoveries of the Italian Archaeologist Giuseppe Orefeci, who have worked in the zone of Nazca for over 20 years. The Museum Antonini displays ancient relics found at the ceremonial centre of Cahuachi, among the remains you can see well preserved mummies, trophy heads, fine textiles and colourful ceramics, including a nice collection of musical instruments made of clay and bones. For further details click on the image.