Thursday....Nasca Lines

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Natural stone Inca face

I get up at 4 as I’m being picked up at 4:15.  The plane to Ica was booked out so I’m going with a private driver.  I’m told this will be more comfortable and I can stop where I like.  The driver’s name is Isiahs.  When I go out the front Isiahs is asleep in the front seat with a young boy, who turns out to be his 8 year old son.  The boy goes to sleep in the back and I get in the front.  Isiahs asks if I want music and I say no.  I’m hoping to sleep.  About an hour later I’m still hoping to have a sleep.  Isiah turns on the radio; I’m not game to ask him to turn it off as he looks very tired and I don’t want him to go to sleep at the wheel.  We go through the Pisco/Ica area where there were earthquakes last year.  There is still rubble everywhere, although the process of rebuilding is underway.

Drive past them before you fly over them
 

 

We get to Nazca airport, around 6 ½ hours drive from Lima, and are told the flight will be around 1.  Isiahs takes me to one place to view sign called the needle, then to pre-Incan aquaduct which runs underground.  There I’m charged NS10 or 15 entrance and am suddenly introduced to “guide”, who of course will want a tip.  There are 12 holes which tap into an underground stream, providing oxygen and access to the water.  I then get a sandwich, although Isiahs wants to take me to a museum first.  I feel like I’m on a tourist treadmill.  We return to airport but there’ve been problems, low cloud and plane problems.  I’m to return at 3.

The needle, from the ground
  Isaihs is very unhappy.  I ask him why; he says that food is very expensive in Nazca.  I ask him didn’t he bring his lunch, he says no.  I think he now expects me to buy him lunch, but I say nothing.  He takes me to the museum.  NS15.  He goes off with his son and picks me up at ¼ to 3.  I notice his son is eating an ice-cream and Isiahs has been smoking, so I guess he has enough money for what he regards as important.

 

I finally get on the plane, a Cessna 172, at 3:30 after paying NS12 tax.  The airport is quite chaotic and the company I’m flying with is disorganised.  The pilot totally not like at Jandakot.  I am exhausted from the physical and mental traumas of the day, not to mention listening to the same Peruvian cds for several hours.

Aquaduct
  The pilot is yelling at people where to take photos.  The flight takes around ½ hour, during which time I’m sick, first time ever in a plane.  I’m writing all this several days later as I have had an exhausting two or three days.

 

We leave around 4:15 and have a long drive ahead.  Isiahs is in a bad mood and driving very fast and I have to tell him to stop twice as I don’t feel well.  Around 8:30 he asks if I’m hungry; I’ve learned that this means that he’s hungry.  I say no, but we can stop if he wants to.  We stop and sit at a table in one of the numerous cheap “restaurants”.  I go for a walk as I don’t want a meal. Later, I realize that as I’m not going to pay for his meal, Isiahs and his son get up and buy food somewhere else, no doubt cheaper.   

 

I get to Casa Bella around 10:30, totally exhausted.  I would never, ever, do this type of trip in one day.
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Natural stone Inca face
Natural stone Inca face
Drive past them before you fly ove…
Drive past them before you fly ov…
The needle, from the ground
The needle, from the ground
Aquaduct
Aquaduct
Waiting outside the museum for Isi…
Waiting outside the museum for Is…
Waiting outside the museum.  Strai…
Waiting outside the museum. Stra…
Waiting outside the museum.  To th…
Waiting outside the museum. To t…
Barren outskirts of Nasca
Barren outskirts of Nasca
A Needle, from the air.
A Needle, from the air.
Astronaut - left side of rock
Astronaut - left side of rock
Nasca
Nasca
Sunset on way home
Sunset on way home
Spider from air - bottom centre of…
Spider from air - bottom centre o…
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