Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nazca, Peru, November 11, 2017

It's hard to believe how high the sand dunes go up around Huacachina.  This is looking across the small pond from the front of our hotel-

A couple people climbed to the top and came running down with a pair of dogs-

Out the back from our hotel.  It's like we were sitting in a sand bowl-

The drive to Nasca was short.  We stopped at a large grocery store for cook groups and for us to buy our lunch.  While packing the groceries away in the lockers, a thief snuck on the truck and stole Marguerita's day pack from the front seat.  They got away with her brand new IPad Air and a few other personal items but luckily not her passport or any money.  Needless to say it was upsetting and a good reminder to all of us to be more vigilant.

The highways are very good in Peru but today was only a 2 lane and there's a lot of large truck traffic.  Going was slow.
It's so desolate and depressing-

It only rains one hour/year and the temperature is warm so homes don't have to be built from wood, glass and have asphalt shingles.  This deserted village's homes were made from thatch.  It seems like the sand got the best of these people-

Tonight we went into town to the planetarium to see a documentary about the Nasca Lines.  They were built by a pre-Inca civilization between 450 - 600 AD.  Many archaeologists, scientists, astronomers etc have tried to make sense of what they mean and why they are here.  Marie Reich, a German astronomer, dedicated her life to cleaning and mapping the thousands of lines.  Some say they point to water, others say the major lines point to the sun at Equinox and solstice times.  Other theories think they are spiritual in nature and/or connected to the stars.  No one will ever know for sure but I'm looking forward to a flight tomorrow morning to see them for myself.

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