Today we packed up and headed to the petroglyphs. Our packs are in the trunk of Raul’s car and we picked up Olga. We are all heading to Huancachina – the Oasis just outside Ica – this afternoon. It is warm and very bright. We drive for just over an hour but make a stop to see the prickly pear – known as tuna in South America – and the cochineal beatle that lives on them. This the beatle that provides the color to textiles and foods (Starbucks just removed this beatle from one of their products due to overwhelming “ick” sentiment). We also make a stop for the viewing tower for the geoglyphs of Palpa.
The next day we did the Chauchilla Cemetery. It seems a little morbid to visit a cemetery but it turns out this is not a normal one – in modern societies eyes anyway.
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We had a great ride on the bus from Cusco to Nasca. Waking up on the bus and seeing the change of scenery from mountains and cool weather to desert and warmth was a little surprising.