The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial site....

...at the Chauchilla Cemetery Museum....(1)

...at the Chauchilla Cemetery Museum....(2)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(1)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(2)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(3)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(4)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(5)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(6)

....the Chauchilla Cemetery burial sites....(7)

....the fracture from the year 2000....(1)

....the fracture from the year 2000....(2)

....the fracture from the year 2000....(3)

....the olives at Yauca....(1)

....the olives at Yauca....(2)

....the olives at Yauca....(3)

....the olive shops at Yauca....

....Gordon, Charlotte and Kike buying olives....

....the olive groves flying past our bus window....(1)

....the olive groves flying past our bus window....(2)

....sand dunes and drifts....(1)

....sand dunes and drifts....(2)

....sand dunes and drifts....(3)

....sand dunes and drifts....(4)

....sand dunes and drifts....(5)

....arriving at Puerta Inka....

....the view from our porch....(1)

....the view from our porch....(2)

....the view from our porch....(3)

....down at the beach....(1)

....down at the beach....(2)

....mural of an Inca sun at Puerta Inka....


Happy Valentine's Day...and what a way to start the day than by going to visit...a cemetery...the Cemetery of Chauchilla, some 30 kilometres away from Nazca where mummies, bones and skulls that are 1,500 years old are on display, some preserved by the dry air and winds in an amazing state!(with skin and hair). The ancient cemetery was uncovered in 1996 and Peru's archaeologists have set up a museum and the burial sites in order for them to be viewed by the traveling public...now that some of the sites are open to the elements, the bones are actually becoming more brittle and fragile and are returning to, as our local guide Susie put it...ashes to ashes and dust to dust...over time they will likely disintegrate completely...it is not the Peruvian government's intention to excavate any more of the burial sites and to leave the remaining ancient people buried there in peace. On our way to the cemetery site we were fortunate enough to see a pair of burrowing owls, just outside their nest...Susie said they made an appearance today just for us on Valentine's Day...we made our way further south down the Panamericana Highway with not much to see on either side of the road except sand and desert with the odd oasis here in there that suggests that life of some form exists out in this barren wasteland that looks like a landscape that belongs on the moon or Mars...as we traveled we came along an eleven kilometre fracture beside the highway caused by the plateaus pushing on one another...this fracture came about in the year 2000 and confirms that the mountains in this area are still growing slightly every day, millimetre by millimetre....we carried on to an area called Yauca, where the temperatures are just right for the cultivation of olive trees...hundreds and thousands of olive trees and in the small village of Yauca, a number of shops selling the local harvest...green and black olives....we stopped for a sample and everyone except for Alan and me were smitten by the taste of the olives and just had to get a go-box for the road...Kike, who just absolutely loves olives, stops here every time he goes past with one of his tours and stocks up...he brings them home to his family who are just down the road in Arequipa (where we are headed tomorrow)...a little further down the road we came across a sight that was reminiscent of scenes we see at home during the winter....drifting....sand (instead of snow)...the winds blowing off the Pacific Ocean were causing the sands from the beach to blow across the highway making dunes on the edge of the roadway...just a little further along we turned off the main highway and followed a dirt track to the resort of Puerto Inca, a family run operation on the coast with the surf pounding on the shore...our stop for the remainder of the day and overnight...



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