I knew Nazca, and the Nazca lines were kind in the desert, desert plain, desert plateau kind of place. But I had no idea how much of the costal region of Peru was desert. Aprox 20% of Peruvian land mass is desert!
That being said I’m enjoying my first bit of Peru! It is an interesting country to say the least! Before I get too far ahead of myself, I should say the ankle is improving, still sore, I still limp around, but it is feeling better all the time…
I didn’t do much in Lima, because I have a few more days there. First stop was Paracass; a costal port. It was quaint, beautiful, what you’d expect a beach ‘paradise’ to be like. I even have a nice sunset picture here for you;
Next we were on our way to Nazca, but a few stops first. One a ‘winery’ that is well known for making Pisco (they call it a brandy, describe it as something similar to grappa, but to me it still kind of tastes like turpentine). This was very different, on many levels from the Italian wineries I toured last month. Very interesting. I did find one wine I liked, very sweet that the nicknamed ‘the baby-maker!’
Next was the desert oasis of Huacachina; I could have sat by the pool, or toured the sand dunes in a dune buggy (looked like something out of tank girl) and by going sand boarding. It was a hard decision. The dunes were beautiful, I can’t get over how much sand there was (and how much I took home; it got everywhere). But they really were remarkable! I also had a butt load of fun!
We did finally reach Nazca, this morning we had a fly over of the Nazca Lines. The lines were remarkable, it’s hard to believe, why and how there are so many, and the figures were outstanding!
Then we visited the Necropolis at the Chauchilla Cemetery; where we got to see the remains of several mummies that have suffered various degree of grave robbery, and weathering from being exposed for public viewing over the last 16 years. I found this place really dark and sad, not because it was a cemetery (because to be honest I don’t mind being in most cemeteries) but I think because of how much grave robbing went on, how weathered these mummies have become, apparently the skin that is now gone was perfectly preserved until the last el ninio. There were human bones lying all over the surface of the land, and you didn’t have to dig to much to find a tooth or some other artifact that had been dug up and left by these grave robbers. It also made me think about how much has been robbed from this culture, from this land, and from many others. The thought that cities of gold were disassembled, and moved to other countries, to be melted down to adorn their own places of significance. No wonder these people, and others who have faces cultural genocide feel lost and have so many problems. We can only pray that one day, as a ‘superior race’ we can truly overcome, forgive and move ahead. I guess at least these people are starting to learn their story, which I think is an important part of the healing process.
We then were reminded that the earth has so much to give us, including all our food by participating in a traditional meal called Pacha Manka, where our meal was literally cooked in the earth, our group partook in a ceremony to remove the meal. There was lots and it was delicious.
Well tonight I am on a night bus to Arequipa.
I’m thinking of all of you at home and am looking forward to getting together with you! Thanks for the prayer, support, energy and love that you all send me.
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