From Nasca, the Panamerican Highway continues for about 1000km to the border with Chile. Apart from Chala and Camaná, the road only passes the occasional fishing village or squatter settlement until it reaches the Arequipa turn-off; from there, it’s straight south across the northern altiplano desert to Tacna. The desert landscape immediately south of Nasca is stunningly bleak and there’s relatively little of specific interest in the 170km of desert between Nasca and Chala.

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