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Apr 7th, 2008
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One annoying thing about visiting Nazca is how you go on your flight over the lines, and then you have to get on the bus, which leaves just... 10 HOURS LATER. Very annoying, as there really isn't that much to do around the city.

So we booked a tour for $20 that would waste us 3 hours of time. We went to the Nazca people burial ground, though there wasn't much to see here, as tomb raiders had looted everything that was worth anything, so you could just see a lot of bones and not much else. I do, however, wonder what sort of people would want to live in this absolutely inhospitable landscape, let alone why they would make such great shapes on the ground that they themselves could not see.



After that we went to a pottery maker who was still making everything in the old style, creating pots by hand and coloring them using only natural minerals. You could also buy stuff, but I had a feeling pottery would not get home in one piece.



Lastly we went to a gold manufacturing "plant", and by plant I mean a guy and his whole family making gold stuff. Now, this is really not as great as it sounds, because there are no gold pieces lying around the desert (at least not anymore), so you have to carry out material from the mountains in huge sacks, and then it would go through several processes, which includes trying to smash the rock into a powder, attaching some Mercury and then trying to filter the whole thing - a very labor intensive process to get small pieces of gold.



After that we spent a few hours in some restaurant near the bus station to get on the 22:30 bus to Arequipa - that's right, a night bus! The bus itself was great, but the problem was that we had seats right next to the toilet, which meant a lot of bad smell, and also people kept on leaning against me when entering and exiting the toilet, waking me up. I know some people had better experiences with the bus in first class, which had better seats on the first floor, and had less people, and a toilet of their own.

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