Flying above the nazca lines
It wasn’t in my plans, even though the famous lines do interest me, because i was worried about fitting in the time, but in the end, i was glad i did.
I got off my peru hop bus from arequipa to spend 24 hours in the small town where the mysterious lines are located and am glad i did.
History of the nazca lines
Like the other peoples, the nazca built pyramids and had their own culture with textiles, ceramics, and art, but little remains from that time because of the arrival of the spanish.
Between 300 bc and 800 ad, the people carved large-scale lines into the gypsum deposited desert in a various shapes.
Thousands of people worked on each line and some died because there wasn’t enough water.
How to see the nazca lines
If you don’t want to fly, there is a viewing platform, which peru hop stops at, that allows you to see the lizard, which was cut by the panamerican highway.
I priced the tours in advance before going and saw prices as high as $260, but once i was in peru, i ended up booking a flight for $80 usd through find local trips, which ended up being with aeronasca, one of the better companies.
What else to see and do in nazca
The museo maria reiche outside of town discusses the scientist’s life and artifacts found in the area in her former home.
The cantalloc aqueducts can be seen from the air, but we skipped them since someone was sick, but you can also visit from the ground.
The nearby paredones is an archaeological site inhabited by incas.
Nazca travel one hostel, nazca
I chose nazca travel one because they offered a discount for peru hop passengers.
It was a bit of a walk from the central plaza and its restaurants, but they offered shuttle pickup from the bus stop and to and from the airport.
They have some sort of association with one of the scenic flight airlines.