Fodor's Expert Review Museo Histórico Regional
It may be a little out of the way, but don't let that stop you from visiting this compact museum with a vast and well-preserved collection on regional history—particularly from the Inca, Nazca, and Paracas cultures. Note the quipus, mysterious knotted, colored threads thought to have been used by the Incas to count commodities and quantities of food. Fans of the macabre will love the mummy display, where you can see everything from human mummies to a mummified bird. The squeamish can head out back to view a scale model of the Nazca Lines from an observation tower. You can also buy maps (S/1) and paintings of Nazca motifs (S/5). The museum is about 1½ km (1 mile) from the main square. It's not advisable to walk, so take the opportunity to jump into one of the distinctive three-wheeled mototaxis that will make the trip for around S/5.