"NAZCA: NAZCA LINES" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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The Nazca Lines are a series of lines and geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, a high arid plateau that stretches more than 80 kilometers.

They were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and AD 700. There are many very straight lines and hundreds of stylized figures, like an owl, hummingbird, spider, monkey, fish, whale, llama and lizard.

The Nazca lines were made by merely kicking off the top layer of sand to reveal sand of a slightly different colour below. Yep, that's it! So, it is always possible to kick the sand back, thereby destroying the lines and figures!! The reason the lines remained for nearly 2000 years is because of the extremely dry, arid and windless nature of the region here. Also, future cultures probably were clueless to the existence of the lines.

Just look at the poor lizard, its body was unfortunately cut into 2 by the Pan-American Highway because at the time of building the highway, no one knew about the lines.

The Nazca lines can only be appreciated from the air. So, since the Nazca people could not have seen their work (always presumably they have no means of flight 2000 years ago), the purpose of building these lines and HOW they were built remain as unsolved mysteries even after decades of analysis.

To enjoy the Nazca Lines, you have to take a flight. This light aircraft turns and spins around to show you the lines and it is a seriously giddy ride. You take pictures through the glass window and I guarantee you will knock your head on the window constantly as the aircraft flips and dips.

Do not take any food before the flight. As long as you have 1 guy in the aircraft who vomits, then, everyone will follow suit and none of you will see anything at all, just the bottom of the paper bag with er... stuff.

Competition is very high. The tour companies come and find you, so just arrive in Nazca and you will be the most popular guy in town. I think most of the prices and services are the same.

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  • Written Dec 24, 2007
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