5000 years ago the Palpa Valley was inhabited by early cultures, which used the flat surface of volcanic rocks to shape their everyday life, as well as their animals, birds, ancient priests and a number of geometrical designs. It has been registered over 300 petroglyphs. The Petroglyphs of Chichictara are perhaps one of the earliest expressions of writing of the Peruvian ancient past. Among the figures visitors may see dozens of wonderful representations such as: Condors, Andean felines, snakes, Llamas, Andean deers and many others. This archaeological zone is located just one hour away from the city of Nazca, passing the famous Nazca Lines desert.
Photo Gallery of the Petroglyphs of Chicchitara.
This tour might be done either early in the morning or in the afternoon. The archaeological place that we will visit is located in the city of Palpa, some 40 minutes away from Nazca.
We will drive to the north across a desert plateau known as the Pampas. On the way we will stop at the Mirador, a metal tower from where it is possible to observe two of the famous Nazca Lines (The Hands and The Tree). Later on we will continue our trip till reach the city of Palpa where the 4000 years old petroglyphs are situated. The ancient petroglyphs are spread over a narrow valley on the way up to the Andes. Here there many sections that are very well known by our guides. Our local guide will show you first the famous rock where are carved three ancient priests. This representation is known as the Rock of the 3 Ages. It is undoubtedly one of the best attractions of the zone. Afterwards we will keep moving uphill to see another section where we will find more figures. Among them, we will find a nice representation of a Andean Cat and a huge flat stone, on which are carved snakes with two heads. Then we will climb a little hill where there are more interesting figures. Finally we will visit the last section, which is full of carving rocks. Here you may wander around and discover by yourself many other petroglyphs. Afterwards we will return to Nazca. End of the tour.
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4 hours approx.
09:00 hrs. / 14:00 hrs.
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