Estaqueria and Cerro Blanco in Nazca

El Estaqueria is approximately 2000 years old. The site contains a number of wooden pillars carved of huarango wood and placed on mud platforms. Located just 2 km beyond Cahuachi the exact use of the site is unknown. Traditional theories believed the site to be a solar observatory however recent theories believe that the site was used during the mummification rituals as a place to dry the bodies of the deceased.

Cerro Blanco is the highest sand dune in the world and was considered to be a sacred mountain and the primary place of worship for the Nasca Civilization. For a people who celebrated the mountains of great weather makes and consequently the source of rain and water the most revered of all the mountains was Cerro Blanco.

It is directly behind Cerro Blanco that the sunrises on the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the start of the rainy season in the mountains of Peru. While it is the warmest time of year in Nazca it is also the time of year when water flows in the Rio Nazca due to run off from the Andes.

Today Cerro Blanco is unmistakably identifiable as the White Mountain. It is perfectly aligned with the pyramids at Cahuachi. Many adventure seekers come to Cerro Blanco to sand board, hike or take a dune buggy ride to reach the summit for an impressive view of the green valleys, deep canyons and mountains in the distance.