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"Nasca Lines - Alien Handicraft or Human Boredom?" Nazca Things to Do Tip by intiqori

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The Nasca lines are composed of cleared earth paths made in the shape of a monkey, spider, condor, man, and other figures on the flat, rocky plains of the desert near the southern cost of Peru. Some believe that the lines were created by aliens visiting the planet, but most historians agree that pre-Incan civilizations created the lines in the desert for reasons which have yet to be uncovered.

I opted to take the 6-hour long bus ride from Lima down the coast to visit the city of Nasca and took a 30-minute AeroCondor flight in a small Cessna to fly over the lines. If you can take a direct flight to Nasca from the Lima airport, it is recommended over the local bus service. The bus route was hot and slow, although it did provide an excellent window into the lives of the locals and provided views of the wide, cleared dirt expanses that comprised some of the figures along the sides of the highway.

The Nasca figures were fairly small from the windows of the Cessna, due to the high altitude at which the plane flew, and most of the shapes weren’t as clearly defined as most photos indicate. My seat behind the pilot on the left side of the plane wasn’t ideal as the pilot would bank the plane to the right when circling the figures, so I advise sitting on the right side of the plane if you plan to take photos.

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  • Written Dec 17, 2007
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