Nazca Lines

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The type of plane used to view the Nazca lines.

The main reason for visiting Nazca is to check out the world-famous and little understood Nazca lines and the only way to really see them is to go up in a light plane.  The lines were created by the Nazca and Paracas cultures from around 900BC to 600AD by removing a layer of sun-scorched stone from the huge rock plains to expose the underlying white rock, hence producing a distinct pattern.  We did the flight this morning and it was fantastic (although for those of you who do not fly well or suffer from travel sickness, you need to be very aware that many people come down from the flight quite green - there is even a nurse on hand at the airport to help those feeling unwell).  The flight lasts about 30 minutes and you get a great view of all the main etchings, including the whale, monkey, astronaut and so on.

General overview of the Nazca lines area.
  There are many explanations for the lines, and they probably have some astronomical connection, but no-one has yet worked out what.  What is most odd, is that the lines can really only be seen from high above, yet when they were made, people had no way of flying -  hence the possible alien explanation mooted by various people.

After returning to the hotel, we sat around the hotel and had a bit of a rest in anticipation of our night bus this evening to Arequipa.  It leaves at 11.15pm and arrives tomorrow at about 8.30am, so will be interesting to see how it goes.  Before getting on the bus, we all went to experience a Pachamanca meal at a lovely little ecolodge just outside Nazca (hint, GAP, this would be much better than the other dive!).  The meal is cooked underground in a pit with hot stones, and the meat is so tender it almost melts in your mouth.  The cook has a little ceremony to Pachamama (the Mother Earth) prior to opening the pit, and taking out the food.  The food was delicious, and the evening was most enjoyable.  We recommend this to anyone - Wasipunko Ecolodge Restaurant, KM 462 Panamericana Sur, Nasca. Phone 51-56-9602144.

PhinsAndGills says:
Wow - I just added this to my "life to-do" list.
Posted on: Feb 12, 2008
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The Astronaut figure.
The Astronaut figure.
The Hummingbird figure.
The Hummingbird figure.
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Opening the pit of the Pachamanca…
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