Nazca Travel Blog› entry 4 of 34 › view all entries
We arrived at Nazca fairly late so didn´t see much of the town other than going for a meal. The overriding feeling that we had was that it was very family orientated - lots of people walking around even late on a Sunday night.
The next morning we woke up to go to the trip over the Nazca lines. This didn´t disappoint - we were in a very small 5 man (plus pilot!) plane and flew out over the desert to see the shapes that had been created many centuries ago by the Nazca culture - why they didn this, no-one knows as there is no written history available go on. They can only be seen properly from the air - so whether they had a form of hot air baloon or whether they believed in UFO´s is purely a matter of speculation.
As we rolled and banked our way round the circuit, we managed to take some photo´s, but it was very difficult to see at the time whether they were any good, so we tried just to enjoy the ride. It gave a great view of the barren, featureless desert which gave way to green trees and farmland that is still served by the aquaducts created over 500 years ago.
After we landed safely, we moved-on to the Chauchilla cemetary. This is where the Nazca people mummified their dead and buried them in tombs. All the dead at that time (whether rich or poor, noble or commoner) were mummified. Sadly, most of their shrouds, ceramics and jewellry that were buried with them were robbed and sent abroad. It still had a some remarkable sites.
Before long, we had to move-on to get our bus to Nazca. Although Jeremy had visited it before, it seemed a much more welcoming place than it did 5 years ago. We didn´t get to see much more of the town before we got on the bus to our next destantion, 8 hours down the coast and towards the Andes - Arequipa.