Nazca Lines

Nazca Travel Blog

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At the airport ready for lift off.

We arrived in Nazca via the ´chicken bus´ (in contrast to the express bus) from Ica. The bus stopped about 20 million times along the way and let off let on people. However the most serious time was when the police stopped us, Andrew and i sat silently as the police inspected a lots of peoples identification. Thankfully after about 5mins we were on our way with no problems. I guess they must have been looking for someone.

We were in Nazca pretty much just to visit the lines, which are famous around the world. They are lines supposably built by the nazcans by shifting the darker rocks on the surface to expose the lighter underneath soil. The weird thing is though that you can only see the patterns from the air.

One of the many triangle shapes. This was a big one.
There are many theories on the reasons for these lines but we both like the theory that they were trying to communicate with their gods, particuarly during times of immense drought. The coolest thing about them was how they were so straight and two lines are perfectly paralell as they travel up and over mountains.

We expected the whole experience to be a bit of a night mare trying to get a decent deal for the flight and not get completely scammed in the process. However we met a couple of south african guys (SAFA´s) when we first got to town who had 1) already done a great deal on the hotel and ii) had already worked out the best price for the lines and been up there that afternoon. So we organised ourselves for the lines and checked in and just expected the hard stuff to happen at the airport.

Smile for the camera!
But it didn´t and everyhting ran completely smoothly, they picked us up when we expeceted, we saw a video, went up in a small plane, the pilot was great he circled the lines a couple of times ( i was feeling pretty sick from this) to make sure we all got the best shot we could and then we got taken back to our hotel. A two hour round trip. Those saffa´s ended up giving us another great tip that we could hang out at the local 5 star hotel pool for the afternoon while waiting for our bus to Arequipa. and for only $5 we get a sandwich and a drink thrown in. We really couldn´t complain. Except I got myself a bit burnt (it was the first laying in the sun time since we started the ´holiday´).

All in all Nazca treated us pretty well. Onto Arequipa now.

Naoko says:

Glad to know that you enjoyed the trip over Nazca lines - because I had a bad memory... on the small airplane I was totally sick and had to use a plastic bag prepared in the plane. I was not able to even take pictures because of sickness!!
Posted on: Jul 05, 2006
bramwan says:
Great (as a SAFA) to hear about a couple of SAFAs helping you out. We are following a simiar path to you guys (leaving Santiago for Lima on 26th May. Should be fun. Can you let me know what the hotel and best place for the lines is please?
Posted on: May 25, 2006
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At the airport ready for lift off.
At the airport ready for lift off.
One of the many triangle shapes. T…
One of the many triangle shapes. …
Smile for the camera!
Smile for the camera!
The astronaut on the side of a hil…
The astronaut on the side of a hi…
The whole area is covered with dra…
The whole area is covered with dr…
Turn those knobs capitan!
Turn those knobs capitan!
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Look closely to see the monkey on…
The condor, his nose is pointing t…
The condor, his nose is pointing …
The hummingbird on top of the moun…
The hummingbird on top of the mou…
In this one you can see a pair of …
In this one you can see a pair of…
Thats our bird, the little four se…
Thats our bird, the little four s…
Sarah and our courageous capitan.
Sarah and our courageous capitan.
Our luxuroius pool we waited in to…
Our luxuroius pool we waited in t…
Leap boy, leap.
Leap boy, leap.
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The landscape could be the face o…
The highway cutting through the de…
The highway cutting through the d…
Mountains.
Mountains.
The sunset in Nazca.
The sunset in Nazca.
Nazca
photo by: ulysses