Day 359: Huarango, Chile
So here’s the thing, I didn’t go see the Nazca lines in Peru and I never had any intention to go.
When I couchsurfed in Chiclayo my hosts warned me to be careful of which plane I took. Apparently they go down – often. They’re old planes, out of date, not well maintained.
I had seen the photos, did I need to risk my life by going up in some old tin can?
Not a chance.
I had no regrets and had long forgot about Nazca but on my way back from the Salar de Llamar Coca took a detour and told me we were going to Cerro Pintados to see the geoglyphs.
I had no idea since I wasn’t really sure what they were even though she explained they were like hieroglyphs but on the mountain. I can be dense sometimes so I had no expectations.
But I had already learned to trust Coca, she knew the best sites in Chile.
But as we turned a corner I was amazed at what had been unveiled.
The mountains were covered with symbols and drawings of people, llamas, symbols. This outdoor mural has been around from a few hundred years AD and somehow survived.
Today it’s part of a national park and amazingly only $1 to visit. I noticed a lot of signs asking people not to climb the hills which I thought was strange, wasn’t that obvious.
And then I saw some jackass on the hill.
Why? Why? Why?!!!
You can’t get good photos up close. Why do you have to be a jackass? Why is your guide allowing this to happen?
So I took my photos, met back up with Coca and told the park ranger what happened. He took off on his motorcycle to chase down the pajero.
I hate to be a snitch but the guy deserved it.