Fly Over the Nazca Lines
Believed to have been created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and 600 AD, the Nazca Lines are gigantic geoglyphs etched into the Nazca desert, a high arid, pampas plateau stretching between the towns of Nazca and Palpa in southwestern Peru. The lines consist of hundreds of individual figures, ranging from fairly simple lines to somewhat complex etchings of birds, spiders, monkeys, and other creatures. Theories abound as to the purpose and meaning of the lines, particularly since the lines are not recognizable except from the air, a vantage point from which the Nazca people could never have seen their work. Regardless of how or why they were created, seeing the lines from the air is quite a humbling experience.
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Chauchilla burial ground
This is the other main attraction of Nazca desert: the ancient burial ground of the Chauchilla. Very well preserved by the dry desert air for a couple of thousand years, these warriors are found buried sitting down with their faces to the east ready to rise and step into the afterworld.
They are in their two or three room graves together with their servants (who obviously have been murdered since their skulls are broken). Also food and valuables were buried with them to help them in the afterlife, but everything has been robbed ages ago.
Patches of clay were put on the eyes, ears and mouths of the skulls so that they could not identify or tell in the afterworld who did them wrong.
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Flight over the mysterious lines
Our group took a flight with this small aircraft, kind of air taxi service if you like, to see the mysterious lines. It was great and the only way to really get an idea of the vastness of the line figures. But there is a downside to it: if you have a weak stomach, you should consider carefully about it. I felt quite nauseatic after the flight because the plane curved this way and that way upon each figure. But it was well worth it!
Nazca Lines from the air
Spread across 500 sq km the Nazca Lines remain one of the world`s great archeological mysteries. Consisting of over 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures and concentrated in a relatively samll area, some 70 animal and plant drawings the lines are almost imperceptible at ground level. But still I could not named them spectacular drawings although many people bealive they are.
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The main draw to Nazca are to see the lines and designs in the desert floor. The best way to do so is by plane, though it is apparently also possible to view them from a platform or cliff top, however I did not do this, only the plane.
The flight lasted 30-40 minutes and brings you around the main 'designs' such as the 'astronaut', the 'spider', the 'hands' and about 10 or so others.
If you are easily prone to motionsickness however, I would suggest not flying as the plane twists and turns quite alot.
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Many of the men from Nazca work collecting minerals and and sediments from the mountains around the town. When they have enough they come back to town and use these large rock things stomping out the minerals that they eventually get gold from. It seemed like a very long process for such a small amount of gold...
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A little ways out of the town itself is this cemetary wich apparently contains thousands of graves, though only a few are visible to see.
Though they've been looted by grave robbers for anything of value that was burried with them, the peoples remains are quite well preserved. Some even have hair left, while others have elongated skulls (kinda like chinese footbinding, they squeezed the head for it to grow up and not out).
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It is another must see acitivity...Every travel agent or indipendent agent is able to organize for you a visit to CHauchilla, altought it is very raccomanded to go there with an archeologhical guide. the site is an open sky cimitery with a beautifull landscape but you should take care cuz the evcerage temp is about 35/40C!
An archeol. guide will cost you something like 6/8USD for two people.
miners at work
These workers are used to work for entire weeks trying to find precious minerals in conditions that are absolutely so bad. Once in a couple of weeks, they come back to Nazca and start to rework the minerals they found...and they has to work it manually, or better say, with their feet!
It was a pretty impressed experience share a beer with them, when there were something like 40C!
a flight over a mistery
To fly over the Nazca lines is something absolutely beautifull... This experience take you in a 20 min flight over the lines, which nobody knows the origin...You fly with a piper, so..take good care!!!
During the flight the pilot showes you the whole 12 Nazca lines complex, giving you also some explainations, and ...of course...he/she's expecting a tip at the end!
This is something you have not to miss!
It is better to book this excursion by your own directly with areocondor, which would costs you somehting around 70/80USD (an agency often ask you 100 box!)
This Spider is proximately 86m long. This spider can be only found in Amazon jungle with the actual size smaller than 6mm.
Nobody know how anrtien Inkas managed to draw this without using the microscope.
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Overfliying the Nazca Lines
The best way to see the famous lines is overfliying it.
The flight takes about 30 mts, its an incredible experience. Theres a small observatory near the road to Nazca, but i dont think that one can see most of the lines.
The world-famous Nazca Lines - of course!
You may have seen pictures of these weird lines in a travel guide or so, but believe you me: there is nothing like seeing them with your own eyes.
The toy planes that fly you over the area are not turbulence-free so don't eat too much before boarding...
The Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are well worth an overflight - but there are a myriad of ways to get ripped off - so watch out!
The planes fly when they have six tourists to fill them, and there is a constant turnover of tourists at the airport, so don't believe any hotel or agent who pressures you into booking a flight right this second "because they only have one space left".
Also all the flights are identical, and some agents will try and sell you a superior service for more money, but there is nothing in it.
The best thing to do is ignore all the touts and offers and go to the airport fiirst thing in the morning - you can get a flight for about $36 this way of you bargain. First thing in the morning is best time to fly.
Also, many agents and touts will Try to tag on a tour to the cemeteries for an extra amount of $, but I didn't really enjoy them - they were plundered long ago and they have been put back together in a really amateurish way and it is really a cheap tourist trap after the lines.
Cemetary of Nasca
There are the lines of Nasca you should see and besides there is the cemetary of Nasca you should visit.
You can book a taxi in Nasca to do a round trip to visit both of it. Finally there is a little museum about the lines of Nasca, history and ideas. It´s quite small but bvery interesting. You also a bit about the great work of Maria Reiche.
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