Pirwa Hostels Nazca
Pirwa Hostel Nazca
Welcome to our hostels in Nazca
Looking for a cheap hostel in Nazca with an unbeatable central location, comfortable accommodations, and a friendly atmosphere? You´ll find all this and more at Pirwa Backpackers Hostel in Nazca, a relaxing gathering place for travelers from all over the world. Our bright Pirwa Hostel is centrally located just 3 blocks from the Main Square of Nazca, placing you conveniently near the city's museums, notable restaurants and cafes, and clubs. Also, at only 5 minutes from the Nazca bus terminal, and 10 minutes from the city's airport, our Nazca hostel is easy to find. Pirwa's hostel in Nazca was designed above all with the idea of providing not just a comfy place to crash and shower, but also a cheerful environment with room to relax in the sunshine and to congregate with new friends!
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The dry and sunny city of Nazca in southern Peru is known as "The City of Eternal Summer". After trekking through some of the colder regions of the Andes, Nazca will be a pleasant refresher for you! In this arid region relics from the past are more easily preserved, although despite the abundance of surprising artifacts, including the Chauchillas mummies, the Cantayoc Aqueducts, and the art of the Paracas and Nazca Civilizations, this region is still shrouded in mystery. There´s still so much to uncover at the sacred Cahuachi Pyramids, still so little understood about the purpose of the Nazca Lines. When not engrossing yourself in a past thousands of years old, try some sandboarding along the giant dunes for a thrilling rush of adrenaline or experience local cuisine with a traditional local dish like charapana, or bufo, a fragrantly seasoned mutton head, pork strip, and tripe stew, alongside one of the various of home-fermented drinks in this region, which include cachina, from grapes, and the well-spiced chinchivi, from sugar cane. In Nazca you´ll find plenty of wonders to explore, and at Pirwa Hostels there´s a friendly staff waiting to help you do that!
Pampa Galeras Reserve
The grasslands reserve of Pampas Galeras in the chilly high Andean plains were created in 1967 to rescue its grazing Vicuña herds, although it protects a host of other endangered animals as well, including the Andean Condor, Andean Ostrich, and Suri Alpaca. Federal law prohibits the domestication of the elegant Vicuña, whose fine fleece is coveted. The Reserve promotes community development through sustainable management of this resource. Each year during the International Festival of Vicuñas, an impressive range of participants gathers for the Chaccu pre Inca corralling ritual. Locals and visitors from communities near and far form a human circle enclosing the extensive plains and vicuña and leading them to the corral for shearing through traditional music, songs, and spirited movements.
The Chauchillas Mummies
Thanks to the arid Nazca climate and a special resin used in burial rites, the mummified remains and archeological artifacts of Chauchillas Cemetery, just a couple miles from Nazca city, are stunningly preserved. Although raiders sacked the adobe tombs for their valuables, scattering bones, mummy bundles, and pottery, the ancient necropolis offers priceless insight into the enigmatic Nazca Civilization, with its displays of skulls deformed for aesthetic reasons and by brain surgery, "trophy head" collections (now known to have been for ritual and not trophy use), and headless bodies topped with "head jars", clay vessels with heads painted on them. The mummies still have hair and skin despite the thousand years that have passed. Chauchillas was in use for 600-700 years from 200AD on.
See also Tour Chauchillas cemetery
Maria Reiche`s fascination with the Nazca Lines inspired her to dedicate more than 40 years to tirelessly studying the geometry of their lines and symbols. She swept them of debris, hired a night watchman to guard them, blocked plans to irrigate the land, built a watchtower so people would not damage them trying to get a view, and advocating for their official protection. It was she who theorized that the Nazca Lines are an astronomical calendar designed to please the gods and remind them of agricultural necessities, pointing out alignments with astronomical events, seasonal changes, and constellations. Her home is now a small museum exhibiting her cluttered tools, sketches, photos, models, and writings- all attesting to her singular fixation. Outside you can pay respects at her tomb.
See also Overflight Nazca Lines