The Nazca Lines are a UNESCO World Heritage Site found just over 200 miles southeast of the Peruvian capital, Lima. Mystery still surrounds what they were for and why they were created, however we do know they are pre-Columbian geoglyphs (land pictures) carved into the ground.
Scientists say the lines were made by the Nazca people somewhere between 400 and 600 AD. They scraped away the soil to reveal amazing pictures at such a large scale that they can only really be seen in full view from the air. You can read more about the lines on the following link.
The best way to see them of course is by plane- be warned though, if you are prone to motion sickness, make sure to take some medication with you! Flights are susceptible to cancellation due to bad weather and strong winds so it’s risky to give yourself just one day.
The flight was fantastic and as you soar through the sky in a little Cesena you can see the different lines and the shapes they make. We were provided with a map of the lines as we boarded the flight which helps you identify which shapes you are looking at. The You can see a hummingbird, dog, monkey, a tree, arrows and many more. From the air you really appreciate the size of these lines and the amazing accuracy in which they were created.
There are a lot more geoglyph sites in the world, including the The Paracas Candelabra which is situated on a hill on the Paracas Peninsular at Pisco Bay. We were lucky to also see this on our travels, however the Nazca lines are arguably the most impressive.
If you’re interested in other sites, you can check out this link. To our surprise, a number of them are located in the UK: http://britainexplorer.com/the-top-ten-geoglyphs-uk-the-world/
Got any questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer. Have a look at the gallery for a taste of what to expect on your trip to see the Nazca Lines.
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