October 27th 2003
Before leaving Nasca we did a much overdue upload of all the updates to the website before heading south again.
About 20km down the Panamerican from Nasca is the turn off for the Chauchilla Cemetary. After turning off the road it's another 7K along a gravel track. You can visit a number of tombs which were ransacked by grave robbers, leaving skulls, mummies and broken pieces of pottery scattered through the desert, preserved by the dry desert climate. Gruesome! The site seems to have been cleared up and the mummies and scattered bones gathered in individual tombs in the area beneath the ground, although you can still see the odd bone lying in the desert.
It was at Chauchilla that we met a Dragoman bus from the UK, just setting up for lunch. We met them again later that day at Puerto Inca, where we all camped for the night on the beach. It is a fantastic setting, with huge waves crashing against the beach all night and a number of pre-columbian ruins to visit just on the clifftops.
Also camping at Puerto Inca were Ingrid and Peter, a German couple who had travelled all over the place in their Landy. This was their second time in South America. Their Landy was a fully loaded TD5 130 Crew Cab with a detachable camper body. I forgot to take a picture and just bagged this one as they headed off in the morning.