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Report 2038: Peru with Kids

By ktp from California, Fall 2012

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Page 13 of 14: Museo Regional de Ica

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Elongated skull, Museo Regional de Ica

After thorough dust removal and some pool time, the next day I headed out alone to the Museo Regional de Ica. This is a small gem of a museum with a few descriptions in English. It takes an hour or less and gives a good overview of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the area including Paracas, Nazca, and Chavin.

For 10 soles you see trophy heads, trepanated and elongated skulls, intricate grave weavings, mummies (including a parrot), tools and weapons, quipos (threads used for Inca writing) and a miniature model of the Nazca lines out back.

The best Paracas weavings (over 2,000 years old) were stolen from this little museum less than 10 years ago and are on Interpol's most wanted list. I'm told the Paracas weavings still hold the world's record for number of threads per square inch.

Reluctantly, we boarded the bus back to Lima. Back at The House Project, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of fellow travelers during our last night and morning in Peru.

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