Nazca Lines!

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Nathan... in his element. e enjoyed the flight far more than the actual lines. Suprise, suprise!
We were picked up early (yes... early!) for our flight over the Nazca lines. We watched most of a documentry on the lines until we were interrupted to be told that the people who had booked on the flight with us were now not turning up for another 2 hours or more. We had the option of paying more and going on one right then and there. We were pretty annoyed since we had already paid the money for the flight and didn´t see why we had to pay another $5USD each. I don´t know whether this was some sort of scam or not but we ended up paying a bit more.. we didn´t have 30 soles on us anyway so only paid 20.

Anyway, the flight was great nonetheless. Although Nathan felt fantastic being the air and all, I felt a bit sick because they do very tight turns so each side of the plane can see and photograph the lines.
Hands


The lines themselves are huge geoglyphs which are located in the Nazca desrt. It is believed that these lines were constructed about 200BC to 700AD by the Nazca culture. There are many lines, some of the photos below will show the most common ones such as a hummingbird, spider and monkey. The reason that makes these lines so amazing is that they are only visable from the air, they are absolutely impossible to see from ground level, and they were only discovered when the first flights over the desert took place in the 1920´s.
The one thing we were unsure on was actually how they made the lines, and why on earth they have lasted this long in the desert. We found out that the lines were made by removing the pebbles which line the surface of the desert and making a line. Underneath these pebbles was obviously dirt and contrasts with the whiteness of the pebbles.
After the flight.
hey would make a line by wimply pushing these pebbles out to the sides (so infact the dirt makes the actual line seen from the air, as the pebbles are the outline of the line). the reason they have lasted so long was because at night, the dew would settle on the stones and the dryness of the day would then stick the pebbles to the ground.

Why the Nazca people made these lines is debated though. Some say it was for the Shaman, so when he would take his journey he could see them, another theory is they marked the stars (although this only accounts for 30% of the figures so is unlikely), another is it points to the water underneath the desert (also unlikely as it only accounts for 30% of the lines) and another is that they were used as religious symbols where the Nazca people would come to pray. This was the outcome of the documentry we were watching, however globally it is still very debated.

We hoped on an overnight bus to Arequipa, about 9 hours in total. The best bus and most comfy seats yet (although they cost 70 soles so they should be)!

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Nathan... in his element. e enjoye…
Nathan... in his element. e enjoy…
Hands
Hands
After the flight.
After the flight.
Meeee.
Meeee.
It´s a hummingbird (near middle)
It´s a hummingbird (near middle)
Some sort of weird thing... cant r…
Some sort of weird thing... cant …
Nazca desert
Nazca desert
No idea, but lots of lines.
No idea, but lots of lines.
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Condor
Condor
Astronaut (apparently)
Astronaut (apparently)
Nazca - the main plaza from our ho…
Nazca - the main plaza from our h…
Us
Us
Wicked seats!
Wicked seats!
Nazca
photo by: ulysses