"The Nasca Lines" Peru Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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One of the world's most puzzling mysteries is the origin of the Nasca Lines. Spread out over an area of 1000 sq.km are hundreds of figures and thousands of lines that can only be appreciated from high overhead. So high in fact that modern man only realized that the lines existed when planes began flying over the lines in the 20th century. The images that drawn into the sand include a monkey, a hummingbird, a killer whale and "an astronaut". Oddly enough many of these species of animals cannot be found in the region around Nasca.
It is believed that the Nasca culture carved these lines throughout the centuries between 300 B.C. to 700 A.D. There are a multitude of theories on why the lines were carved into the sand by a people who could not see them unless they flew over them. They could be an astronomical calender or some sort of chart to indicate where there are sources of water in this remarkably dry region. There are even wilder theories that the lines were landing strips for aliens from other worlds. I personally following with the theory that the lines were a worship place for the Nasca in their quest for water.
Most of the most interesting Nasca Lines are located in a 48km stretch, 21km north of the town of Nasca. You are not permitted to walk amongst the Nasca lines. To see the Nasca Lines, you of course have to fly over them. I stayed at Hotel La Maison Suisse, across the road from the local airport and flew over with an airline I could book at this hotel called Aerolca. This cost me $68.00 and involved flying over in a small six seat airplane. Although the lines themselves were indeed fascinating, the flight was nauseating. For 35 minutes I struggled to not throw up as the pilot weaved about tipping to the left and right so were all could see the lines. Each of the other passengers felt the same way. So you have now been warned.

Directions: The Nasca lines are in the middle of the desert by the Pan-American Highway, 21km north of the Nasca.

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  • Written Oct 12, 2004
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