Nazca Travel Guide

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Nazca Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nasca Lines 

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     Nothing else to see there 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go, but don't spend more than a day here 

Nazca Things to Do

  • Search for ancient astronauts (not)

    You need to leave at least an the entire morning (and then some) for your flight across the Nazca lines. Our experience was that delays are common, and this should be allowed for in one's schedule. The fights themselves take only about 30 minutes, but including waiting time we were told that we'd be away for about two and a half hours.We booked our...

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  • THE LINES

    Flying over the Nazca lines is pretty amazing, just to see in detail the figures below, spider, astronaut, toucan etc. How did these people make these, when and why. Syill nobody can provide the answer--aliens! I don't think so. Plenty of places in Nazca offer flights in light planes for around $60. Take this trip, it's really worth it. In fact...

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  • PARACAS TRIDENT

    Best way to see this is to be on a boat out at sea, as you can still glimpse it from 10 kms out. The Paracas Candelabra, as its known locally is 2 feet deep into the rocky hill and probably more than 2000 years old. Locals believe that it is the representation of the staff of the god Viracocha who is well known all over South America.

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  • BALLESTAS ISLANDS

    When you are in Nazca and after you have seen the Lines take a trip to see the Ballestas islands where you will see Humboldt Penguins and Pacific Sea Lions in their natural habitat, and there will be many! While on the boat you should have a chance to see dolphins too. Birds are plentiful including cormorants, boobies and pelicans. The sea lions...

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  • View the lines

    Of course that is The thing to do in Nazca.The weather can be a concern. Bad viz means no flights as you could see nothing at all. We went early in the morning but sometimes fligts cannot go that early and have to wait for the mist to clear. Maybe the best tactic is to go early and see what happens?We used Aero Moche as they seemed to have good...

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  • Aerial Tour of Nazca Lines

    Overview The Nazca Lines in the Nazca desert in Peru have been intriguing mankind ever since they were discovered in 1901 by Max Ulhe, a Peruvian archaeologist. Hailed as one of the world's unresolved mysteries, they were declared an Archaeological World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. One of the best ways to truly appreciate these fascinating...

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  • Take a small air craft ride to see Nazca...

    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 & pickupairport tax is 20 soles as of feb 2010About USD $50 to $55 a ride

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  • Soar over the Pampas

    Let's get right to it, las lineas de Nasca are the main reason to visit the city. And what is the best way to see the drawings: flying of course! This is quite an adventure. Like i said in the Nazca intro, ask around town at the various travel agencies for the best price. I'd like to recommend NC Travel, it was $55 per person. The cheapest I found...

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  • Nasca lines

    You can go on to Nasca and stay there (e.g. Hotel Maison Suisse, just in front of the Nasca airport) in order to overfly the lines the next morning (with AeroIca) and then return to Lima in the afternoon.Have a look at:http://www.aeroica.net/home.html (also info about the hotel, they work together closely).Another option is to stay in Ica: Hotel...

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  • Climb Maria Reiche Observation Tower

    If you are afraid of small planes, or loop the loops at heights then this is the only other way to see the Nazca lines. The Maria Reiche Tower is located on the way out of town approx 30km north of Nazca. The tower is named after a german researcher Dr Maria Reiche who believed the lines were an Astronomical Calendar indicating the direction of...

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  • Flying over Nazca Lines

    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...

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  • NAZCA LINES

    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...

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Nazca Restaurants

  • They aren't really

    The Grumpy's has it sights set firmly on the travelers riding the Gringo Trail from Lima to Arequipa. The bright sign says it all, but we did not find the proprietors at all surly, ill-tempered or sullen. Maybe they got the translation wrong?The food is freshly cooked by the owners on order. The stirfried beef with 'Grumpy's chicken was a good...

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  • Right next to Gracia Pisco House

    I really liked this place. Very relaxed and family owned. The food is typical Peruvian dishes. I liked that it was so relaxed that their pets walked in and out of the restaurant as they pleased, and the cat slept behind my head in a plant!They have a great lunch deal: 13 soles (soup or salad, meal, & beverage) I had spegetti al pesto and a coke....

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  • Locals vs. Tourists

    What I noticed is that Peruvians love some roasted Chicken! You'll see locals at the chain chicken restaurant in town more than the tourists. And the tourists seem to frequent the small more "locally owned" restaurants. It seems for two main reasons, the chicken restaurant is very loud and busy, which can be intimidating to a tourist. And the...

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Nazca Transportation

  • Cruz del Sur

    We chose Cruz del Sur for our bus trip from Lima to Nazca. The tickets were easily purchased on line, and the bus station (at Javier Prado) was modern, spick and span, with shops and places to eat before departure.The journey was uneventful, though not spilling ones drink as the bus bounced around was tricky. We had chosen the upstairs, front of...

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  • Day trip from Lima

    Taking the bus from Lima to Nasca can be a little confusing, they don't offer round trip tickets. So if you must return to lima, make sure you buy both tickets at the same time. They may recommend you wait, but i wouldn't because the bus station in Nasca is like an old shed on the side of the road. There are cheaper fares than $60 round trip, I was...

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  • bus from lima to nazca and from nazca to...

    Hi, You can easily organize this yourself. There are plenty of buses from Lima to Nazca, among others Cruz del Sur, Tepsa, Civa. http://www.sabuses.com/index.php?originCity=Lima&destinationCity=NazcaIn Nazca are a lot or tour operators that can organize your flight to see the nazca lines.Bus from Nacza a Arequipa is about 8 hours and you can do...

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Nazca Local Customs

  • Yum Pisco

    In case you are unaware, pisco is a name of a town in Peru. I'm assuming that it might be where pisco was first made/invented. In Nasca, by a local, I was told that there are 4 main producers of pisco. All the locals recommend Gracia as the best brand, using uva italia. At the Casa de Pisco, you can try several different piscos. The store opens at...

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  • Tip your Pilot!

    The pilots that do the tours are fantastic! They are more or less bi-lingual (spanish & english). They are very good at telling you which side and when each drawing is coming on the tours. They provide excellent angles for taking photos. Over all i thought our was just funny and helpful!I'd say 2-5 soles is an average tip!

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  • The spelling situation...

    A quick little bit of info: via VT this town is spell NAZCA, yet in the town itself it is spelled NASCA. I've seen both spelling around the internet while i was researching the place before i went. I think it is important the spellinf NASCA while in Peru because that will give you a better chance at finding the place!

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Nazca Warnings and Dangers

  • Nazca tour flights over Nazca lines

    Basically everything have risk factors. Accidents happen and we cannot gurantee anything in life ...that is why we have insurance companies.I took a small tour aircraft ride at Airport Maria Reiche for an aerial observation of the Nazca lines on Feb 9 2010. It was wonderful... and then on Feb 25, 2010, a small plane had crashed & 7 tourists lost...

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  • Nazca Lines Flights in busy season

    Many times agencies in Nazca (as elsewhere in Peru) will lose your reservation. I had booked a tour in the middle of busy season for $65. When I arrived in Nazca, I was told that they lost my reservation and the price would be $80 or $85. We looked around for another agency, but we were quoted the same price. We soon learned that whatever price is...

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  • Keep an eye out for robbers

    When we visited the chauchilla burial ground, an armed police officer joined us to secure our visit since some previous groups had been attacked in the desert. I also noticed a police escort car securing our backs in the distance. I wonder if things are any safer now, if the locals have started to see tourists any differently. Best to keep an eye...

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Nazca Tourist Traps

  • Pay to use the Airports, oh Please!

    Ok OK OK i should just get over this, perhaps it is the wording. It really annoys me to pay to "use" the airports in Peru. Sure I've been to countries where you have to pay to leave the country. But why can they just say it as is, a tax we charge because we can and want to! The airport in Nasca they charge 20 soles, which averages out to be $6.70...

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  • Nasca day trip is not worth $130

    I paid a $130 for the trip but I don't think it's worth it. If I break down what I got, here is what it should cost:R/T bus ride - $20Hotel - $20Flight over Nasca lines - $50Apparently, transport from bus to hotel, breakfast, etc. was all taken into acct, but you could have walked from the bus drop off to your hotel and I hardly count the 2 hard...

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Nazca What to Pack

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    by staindesign Updated Aug 12, 2009

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers are the best during the winter months. I assume that since Nasca is near the pampas the weather has the effects of the desert. During the day it was almost hot, and by night it was cold! Keep this in mind and you'll be great!

    Photo Equipment: You definitely want a camera with a zoom to take pictures while in the airplane above the lineas de nasca!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: They offer sand boarding, i was dying to do it. Therefore you may want to consider the appropreite clothing for this activity! I did notice they will provide the actual sand board itself, basically it is a snow board.

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Nazca Off The Beaten Path

  • Maria Richie Museo

    The life history of Maria Richie, how spent and why she lived here,.. you can find out everything about her here in Maria Richie Museo.

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  • Nazca Lines

    Nazca Line on earth can not be easily recognized. Mirador Natural is probary the nearest place to see the line on earth.

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  • 14 Cementaries

    There are 14 accesable cementary by cab, other than this, try to negotciate with the driver on you way back in Nazca City.

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  • Centro

    A central commercial area near to Plaza de Armas, the Nazca city become lively after 9:00 am in the morning.

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  • The Market Place

    The only market in Nazca City. This is the nest place to know the Nazca city in general, the frite, the vegetable and the thing people eat here. A must visit place in Nazca City.

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  • Internet Cafe

    An internet Cafe along Jr. Lima Street. This cafe will open from 10:00 - 13:00, lunch break and then open again from 15:00 - 20:30pm daily.1US$1.00 for 1 hour internet usage.

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