Monday Mystery Photo – Last week Cahuachi

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown immediately below, is located. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. Guest submissions of Monday Mystery Photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.

Thanks goes to Pooja from Stories from Europe for submitting this week’s Mystery photo.

Where in the world might the following scene be located?

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Last week we were with Peggy from Where to Next? in Peru

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Were you correct? Don’t worry if you weren’t, as this one stumped quite a few well traveled readers. Drake took out the first correct guess for 2017, correctly identifying the site, as Cahuachi, located in Peru. I will let Peggy elaborate further:

Cahuachi- Is a South American wonder. It’s in Peru and was mostly likely the major ceremonial centre of the Nazca culture that dated from 1 AD to about 500 AD.

The site was ‘rediscovered’ in 1922 by a Dr Frabee and has been studied and excavated regularly ever since.

At first, scholars thought Cahuachi had been the Nazca capital (it overlooks some of the famous Nazca lines), but research indicates that it had a very small permanent population. For this reason, archaeologists believe it was a pilgrimage centre, with a population that increased only for major ceremonial events.

The site has 40 mounds (the one pictured is the largest) with adobe structures on top. It appears these were naturally occurring hills.

Restoration work is being carried out now. Unfortunately, looting is a major problem. Thieves aren’t interested in the tools or building materials, but the burial sites that have been discovered in recent years.

Many thanks to Peggy for this excellent submission for Monday Mystery Photo. I think it has given us all Something important to Ponder About in regard to human history and experience.

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27 thoughts on “Monday Mystery Photo – Last week Cahuachi

    1. Of course, there is always more to see in any place one visits, if the traveler finds out about them. Local knowledge is invaluable in that case. However, it makes a good reason to return one day. How long were you in Peru for? Did you visit other places in South America?

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    2. 2 weeks would not be enough to fully explore for all even those wonderful places let alone what the rest of the continent offers. I hope you are able to return and explore more one day. It is a lot of fun planni ng it. Did you make it to the top of Machu Picchu?

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    3. Yes we did and we also walked to the Sun gate. But truly it was too fleeting and we were running from place to place. Such a pity! Oh yes we intend to be back again, much longer the next time!

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    1. Thank you Ineke! Peggy has visited some unusual places! The bonus of having guest submissions is that we learn of so many diverse places around the world. Some might even go on our travel wishlist? Have you been to the South American continent?

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    2. That sounds like a wonderful trip. The falls are I believe spectacular to day the least. Perhaps you have a photo you could email me for MMP of a place of your choice? I don’t have hatdly any from Africa or Sputh America.

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    3. The falls were full when we were there. Even the sight from the airplane was absolutely awesome. I’m really going to make a point of finding a good photo from SA. As soon as I am back home again I’ll send you one. It doesn’t need to be a building, does it?

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    4. No not really. I started doing it for this friend of mine. Last year I advertised in the school’s newsletter that I would do it, The next day the owner of the farm booked me for the two weeks in Dec/Jan.( that was in July ) End Dec my friend suddenly asked me to do these two weeks I’m doing at the moment. I didn’t mind doing it during the term when I didn’t have the after school care job. It’s not easy to do it during the term now. I’m going to pick a SA photo and send it to you as soon as I am home and on line with my laptop.I’m using my friends laptop here

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  1. That was a hard one Amanda 😉 As the ships are so close to land I would guess we are somewhere along the English Chanel on the English side. They are most known for their piers. But where on the English south coast, that’s harder to guess. It looks like just a rest of a pier as there is no large building at the end, but the lamps looks old. I know storms have ruined a few along the coastline there, but the English Chanel coast is as close as my guess is this Monday – Ted 😉

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    1. Hi Ted, Pooja has definitely set us a difficult challenge this week. I think your guess is a very good one, given that there are no distinguishing features that indicate otherwise. We will just have to wait till next Monday to find out just where it really is! Thanks so much for your comment.

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  2. The mystery photo is a mystery in more ways than one. The ships in the distance look like they may be war ships — especially if it’s an old photo, which it’s hard to tell. I was going to guess Atlantic City, but the people on the pier look to be dressed for un-summer-like weather, which seems out of place for a relatively large number of people to be there on a chilly day….and the swans only add to the mystery! Anyway, since I don’t have a better guess, I’ll stick with Atlantic City.

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    1. Great! Atlantic City is a place I haven’t been so I can’t verify the similarites. However, I can say that it is not in the American continent. Would you care to have another guess, Mistermuse?

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