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Peru : Ica

4.1 km (2.5 miles) SSW of Paroma, Ica, Peru
Approx. altitude: 526 m (1725 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 15°N 105°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunters #5: Cochenille Insects at a Cactus for the use of red Colour #6: Mummy at Chauchilla Cementery #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: View to the East

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  15°S 75°W (visit #5)  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz and Elionora)

27-Dec-2008 -- This is the second confluence that we visited during our trip to Peru, Bolivia and Chile (map). The story starts from 12°S 77°W.

In the first week of our trip we spent some time in Lima and a mountain village called Viñac. Then we took a bus to the town Ica and one day later we went to Nazca in order to see the legendary Nazca Lines north of the town. 16 km south of Nasca however is the archeological site of the pre-Inca Chauchilla Cemetery. In order to reach this confluence you have to stay on the Pan-American Highway for another 2 km after the turnoff to the site. We took a taxi from Nazca in order to visit Chauchilla Cemetery. The deviation to the confluence took only 90 seconds – a new record.

We determined the confluence to be located 6 m from the center line of the Pan-American Highway. This is a coincidence indeed. The barren area around the confluence has no vegetation. Just huge trucks are passing by every minute.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 6 m
  • Distance to a road: 6 m
  • Distance to a track: 6 m
  • Distance of parking the taxi: 30 m
  • Distance to houses: 2500 m
  • Time at the CP: 7:55 a.m.
  • Hiking time (distance): 0:30 seconds (30 m)
  • Measured height: 535 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
  • Vegetation: none.
  • Topography: flat with a slight inclination. Surrounded by mountains.
  • Weather: sunny, 19° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: On a costal desert plateau south of the town Nazca. Directly next to the highway.
  • Given Name: The Pan-American Highway Confluence

Story continues at 16°S 70°W.



 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunters
#5: Cochenille Insects at a Cactus for the use of red Colour
#6: Mummy at Chauchilla Cementery
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: View to the East
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