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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.
Written Jun 2, 2003
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!)
Written Oct 22, 2004
To see Nazca lines from air, you can either go directly to the Airport Maria Reiche to buy a ride from numerous companies there....or contact your local tour agent for drop off & pickup
airport tax is 20 soles as of feb 2010
About USD $50 to $55 a ride
Written Feb 25, 2010
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.
Written Oct 23, 2004
Address: Nazca area
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.
Written Feb 25, 2003
An overview of the lines you could see here by plane.
Alegría Tours, Jr. Lima 168 (tel. 034/832-440); Nanasca Tours, Lima 160 (tel. 034/522-917); Nasca Travel, Lima 438 (tel. 034/522-085); and Nasca Trails, Jr. Bolognesi 299 (tel. 034/522-858).
Updated Jan 23, 2003
The only real way to actually really get to see the Nazca lines is to fly over them. A 75 minute experience in a small plane will take you up over each of the different designs which are etched into the earth below. The pilot will also perform a series of acrobatics both to get you the best view and for a bit of a thrill, so it is recommended not to take the trip on a full stomache. The amount of lines along the desert floor and the intricacy of the designs will amaze you. It is really incredible to imagine how they got there and continue to stay for our viewing pleasure. The flight costs US$50pp (plus an additional airport tax of 15sols).
Written Apr 8, 2008
Address: Panamerican km447
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.
Updated Dec 4, 2005
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!
Written Oct 23, 2004
Address: in Nazca
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.
Updated Jun 8, 2004