After the Nazca Lines flight, our stop at the Chauchilla Cemetery, an open-air Nazca Culture burial site and Indiana Jones movie location, was decidedly more subterranean.
Legally protected since 1997, Chauchilla was discovered in the 1920s but local grave robbers (huaqueros) plundered valuable artifacts and damaged the site. The cemetery is in the middle of a desert with simple thatched roofs covering open burial pits. The Nazca Desert is extremely arid and because of this and various mummification techniques, soft tissue and clothing is well preserved. An occasional bone or scrap of cloth lies scattered on the ground.