When you step into Peru, you’d want to do so many things. Be an archaeologist and dig deeper in Machu Pichu. Be a surfer and ride Chicama and Pacasmayo, world’s largest ridable waves. Dune bash at Cerro Blanco. Trek to Cotahuasi Canyon, widely believed to be the deepest canyon in the world. Eat 3,000 different kinds of potatoes. Nearly 60 kinds of corn. Drink pisco sour, the national drink. A better idea is to chuck the usual and do the unusual in Peru.
In Lima’s Ralph Larco Herrera Museum, the prude will cover his eyes and morality-clingers will run for the exit. A private museum housed in an 18th century vice-royal building built over a 7th century pyramid, the Museum has chronological galleries that provide an overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history that includes pottery, textile, jewellery. However, it is most known for one of the world’s largest collection of erotic pottery and ceramics. The sexthemed vessels are functional clay pots, with hollow chambers for holding liquid and a spout, typically in the form of a phallus, for pouring.
Picture this. You are flying above the towns of Nazca and Palpa (400 km south of Lima) and peep out of the aircraft window. Whoa! There’s a 440-ft condor, a 150-ft spider, a 310-ft hummingbird. Monkeys, Humans. Trees. Flowers. All etched in the brown desert nearly 2,000 years ago. These are the Nazca Lines, a series of lines and symbols including hundreds of geoglyphs (geometric lines), 70 zoomorphic designs of animals and birds, and a few
phytomorphic motifs such as trees and flowers. Scholars are still debating the purpose of these lines. But you do not get into normative speculations. Hop into an aircraft, grab the window seat and peep at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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