The desert south of Lima is the northern stretch of the Atacama desert found in northern Chile. So if you were to find the adventure we took to Chile and Argentina two years ago, you'd see scenes that look very much like what we saw today. This place gets about 30 minutes of rain a year, and it's hard to imagine it could support a dozen civilizations spanning at least 5,000 years.
Our bus ride took seven hours from Lima, and it's the first time the we've been on a bus which contained a urine-only toilet. Boy, was I happy to arrive in Nazca province. On our afternoon tour, Brady guided us through the remnants of the occupation of Nazca by five civilizations. We had seen the beautiful pottery found at the main mountain ceremonial site, but walking it with Brady was particularly inspiring. It's walls demonstrated mud-brick, river rock and mud, and clay-brick (without forms - fingerprints were found on them) levels. In addition to 600-year old pottery shards, original corn stalks and cotton could be found along the path.
To see all of the photos taken today, click on: Nazca.