Cahuachi

Cahuachi, Nazca

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IVAN M
395 contributions
Nice place great history
Aug 2021 • Couples
Well, you have to read the story behind so you will understand better why this place os so important, this place will uncovered many secrets of this culture, is nice place , easy access, fast from city center about 20 minutes although if you take the long way as wee did is beautiful views and about 50 minutes, then on the way back did just 20 min tu city center, place is beautiful just like in the photos you find online, very well preserve, nice to walk around them
Written 25 August 2021
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Adobe pyramids.
Feb 2020
I'm not a amateur of guided tours, but in some cases, when it's hard to get somewhere on your own, I'm joining the group. In case of Peru I was doing it quite often. After exciting flight over Nazca plateau in the morning , I finally found a little time to take a shower and eat something before I went for another trip early afternoon. Two off-road cars took our international group to the depths of desert surrounding town of Nazca. Luckily, I could borrow pair of goggles from driver, because in other case, a rough ride through the desert in windowless car would be a real torture. Took us a while to get there, but finally we have arrived. First of all, that was a surprise to see pyramids in Peru. I knew, that there's plenty of step pyramids in Meso-America but I've never heard about such a structures, I mean pyramids, in South America. The group of over thirty of those structures was found in 1922 to the west of Nazca. Proper excavations started over thirty years later, but only three units were thoroughly researched. Unearthed structures were nothing like those from Mexico or Guatemala. First difference it was material used for their construction - adobe instead of stone and earth. Second - they weren't exactly step pyramids.They looked more like terraced hills. Erected by people from Nazca Culture, Cahuachi site, that looked quite eerie when sun hid itself behind the clouds, was used as a ceremonial centre from around 1 to 500 AD. Three excavated units contains, among the other features, kanchas, walls, passages and circural depressions Although, those pyramids weren't that impressive like their more famous equivalent from other parts of the world, still, it was very interesting to see them, and to learn some historical facts about them from our guide.
Written 30 April 2020
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,084 contributions
Pyramids
Mar 2020 • Solo
I took tour guide with his car and I pay to him from Nazca to pyramids and back only 60 sol. There is un paved road but this is must visit location in Nazca.
Written 29 February 2020
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Caryl17
Arequipa, Peru38 contributions
Bumpy trip
Feb 2020 • Couples
A long extremely bumpy road to get to the pyramids. Worth a look if you have the time as the archeologists do amazing work.
Written 24 February 2020
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Ari T
Seattle, WA67 contributions
worth a tour!
Feb 2020
way out in the middle of nowhere, but once you're there its really cool to see what has been uncovered so far, get some of the history of the area, and ponder how much more is still buried right there! Gotta say that a tour is definitely the best way to see this, the road to get there is awful if not in a dune buggy and the tours are so cheap especially if you can grab last minute day-of spots that its not worth trying to convince a taxi for a very expensive ride out there
Written 10 February 2020
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Andy R
108 contributions
A spiritual experience all to ourselves
Oct 2019
Cahuachi was a trip which brought the past back to life. Cahuachi, Peru, a major ceremonial center of the Nazca culture, based from 1 AD to about 500 AD.
We had a good guide to explain the history and also leave areas still of mystery. IN the middle of a desert so take planty of water for the area tour.
Written 31 December 2019
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Katherine Hill
Calgary, Canada28 contributions
Cool to look at
Dec 2019
Getting there is most of the adventure! It requires a little off-roading and I was thankful to have a guide for it.

The guide I had (Marco I believe was his name?) had great information about the sites but without a guide I wouldn’t have learned anything about this place. The signage is pretty much limited to telling you the name of the part of the pyramid that you’re looking at and telling you to please stay on the path and not climb the walls. I wouldn’t call this place a “must-see” by any means but if you have the time to spend, it’s pretty alright.
Written 6 December 2019
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Khalid and Debbie
7 contributions
Good to have on your Nazca list
Oct 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed our visit to this site, some prior reading will be helpful. I recommend doing it in a combo tour, cemetery and the pyramid.
Written 18 October 2019
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Sebastian K
Vienna, Austria372 contributions
For us the biggest surprise
Aug 2019
We didn’t have much information about the side but our host recommended it. We drove with our own car and had a bit of a difficulty because google maps wanted to take us a road that was closed but with a bypass we made it. It’s easier to take the second entrance when you come from Nazcas. It’s a bit longer but the road is better. The side is really impressive and will give you and additional view about the Nazcas culture.
Written 31 July 2019
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Pulpix
29 contributions
How to go to Cahuachi pyramid on your own (from Nazca)
Apr 2019 • Couples
Don't follow the itinerary given by Google Maps which wants you to take a road on the right near the airport. There are some signs indicating "Cahuachi" at this point but this is NOT the easiest way to go there: you'll easily get lost in the buggy tracks and if you don't have an off-road vehicle it can get tricky to find your way. :)

Instead: keep driving south for a few kilometers (4/5km) on the Panamerican road. You'll reach a big sign on your left indicating "zona arqueologica Cahuachi". Just turn right and you're on your way. After a few km (10km) you'll start seeing some signs giving you the remaining distance.

The road is sandy and rocky, with lots of "tôle ondulée", but I think it's doable with a normal vehicle. Just stay on the road, because you don't want to get stuck in the sand in the middle on the dunes. :D

That's it, you deserved you deserted pyramid!
Written 26 April 2019
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