Chauchilla Cemetery, Nasca, Peru
While visiting Nasca we decided to visit the Chauchilla Cemetery.
The cemetery is located 30km south of Nasca. We headed out to the cemetery in the morning and on the way back into Nasca we stopped at the Nasca airport for our flight over the Nasca lines.
There is a small fee to enter the cemetery and the best way to see it is to hire a guide who can explain the historical significance of the area.
The history of the cemetery is really interesting. It is believed that cemetery dates back to 200 AD with most burials happening in the 600 to 700 years following.
The cemetery is now protected by Peruvian law, but grave robbers have taken their toll.
What is There to See
The area surrounding the cemetery is desert. There are bones and old cloth scattered across the area as you walk up to the cemetery.
In the photo below, the structures in the background cover the burial chambers where the mummies are located.
The area you visit is quite small. Mummies that have been discovered have been moved to the burial chambers open for viewing. You look down into the burial chambers where adult and infant mummies are located.
The mummies are in the open air and not protected from the elements. We were told that as a result of the dry weather, the mummies do not deteriorate any faster by being in the open air.
If you have two to three hours spare while in Nasca, the cemetery is definitely worth a visit. Although I did find it a bit disconcerting that the mummies were in the open air, even though we were told they weren’t deteriorating.