Friday night was a wonderful social evening hosted by Yancana Huasy as a gift to Eleanore’s Project. We enjoyed typical Peruvian food prepared in the traditional manner and a lovely evening with our colleagues with whom we worked hard all week before walking back to Centro Peyton for our last night.
The next morning we got up bright and early to be met at 8 am by our hired bus for the all day drive to Nasca. We traveled through a wide variety of scenery after leaving Lima – after the hour and a half it took to leave the huge city. These mototaxis in San Juan de Lurigancho as we were leaving are a small demonstration of the busyness of this place.
Many hours later we arrived in Nasca and got settled in Hotel San Marcelo, where we will live and work this next week. Today we saw some sights, including ancient aquaducts dating back to 500 BC. Only three countries in the world have aquaducts – Italy, China and here, in Peru. We also visited Paredones, the sight of a fort and palace where the Nasca valley was controlled by the Incas after they conquered its inhabitants. This was followed by a visit to the famous Nasca Lines. This evening is some time for relaxation before starting in again tomorrow.