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.
This cemetery is thousands of years old and has been ransacked by grave robbers. A pathway marked by stones leads you to the different grave sites. On either side of the stones you can see bleached bone shards and broken pottery from grave robbing. Nasca pottery is quite famous.
The graves are similar to the graves in Egypt in that the bodies were buried with anything that would be needed for their new life. The Paracas culture – much older than the Incan – believed in after life too which is why they were buried in the fetal position – the symbol of rebirth.
When you see the bodies most still have their clothing – the brighter the colors the higher the status. Very few bodies do not have hair. Most of the hair is in dreadlocks and is as long as them, and yes many have red hair. There were a few graves with the elongated skulls, most interesting as this shape of skulls has been found in other parts of the world too.
Our tour guide for the day was Raul who drove his own car and we had one other passenger, Olga, a Russian flight attendant. We had a great time and thanks to Raul who told us about the petrogylphs and pyramid, we stayed another night. The beauty of travel and no fixed timings.
Raul picked us up at 4:30pm in order to see the sunset over the pyramids as it takes an hour to get there from Nasca. It was beautiful, surreal and very windy.
There are 36 pyramids in this complex with the work being paid for by the Italian government. The main pyramid is 45m high and we were at the top. The conjecture for this site is one of a spiritual complex. It shall be interesting to see the complex again once it is fully excavated.