Etched into the desolate expanse of Peru’s Sechura Desert are the remarkable and mystifying Nazca Lines.
Some 300 ancient geoglyphs, which date between 400 and 650 AD, depict various figures, with five being the most prominent; the hummingbird, the monkey, the hands and the astronaut. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as “the most outstanding group of geoglyphs anywhere in the world”, the Nazca Lines cover a staggering 1 000 square kilometres.
Created by the Nazca people, no one truly knows why the geoglyphs were made – some believe they are related to astronomy or that they were a way for the tribe to connect with their gods in the sky. The best way to view and appreciate the sheer scale of the Nazca Lines are from above on a scenic flight.
- View the mysterious Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some 300 ancient geoglyphs are etched into the dry landscapes of Nazca.
- Enjoy a scenic flight over Nazca Lines – the best way to view and photograph these mysterious landmarks.
- Visit the home of Maria Reiche, a long-term researcher of the Nazca Lines. Upon her death, her house was turned into a small museum.
- Discover the nearby geoglyphs of the Palpa Lines.
- Explore the ruins of Cahuachi, regarded as “one of the most important known Nazca centres”. The site features ancient pyramids and a graveyard.
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