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Nazca, Peru is famously known for the one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of the world, the Nazca lines. Book your Peru travel with us and marvel at the gigantic etched on Nazca’s desert soil.

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The city of Nazca, Peru is home to one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of the world, the gigantic geoglyphs called the Nazca lines. Nazca tours almost always include these lines, which are formed by depressions or shallow incisions on Peruvian desert soil and said to be created between 500 BCE and 500 CE and preserved for some 500 to 2000 years.

The Nazca lines were only declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, but the figures are said to have been a global puzzle for over 80 years. The lines are best seen from flying over the Nazca desert, running straight across the landscape, though some form figurative designs of animals and plants.

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Check out our travel packages that include a tour of the Nazca lines. Our private tours are sure to give you a great view of these ancient Peruvian archaeological sites.

Highlights of Nazca Lines Tours

Flying over the Nazca lines is sure to be one for the books, given the attraction’s unique nature! Here are some highlights of Nazca vacations:

Apart from the lines, trips to Nazca also offer other interesting sites such as:

  • The Cantalloc Aqueducts are ancient works of hydraulic engineering that helped Nazca people live in the desert. The aqueducts were used as a water channel from underwater sources to reservoirs, allowing people to irrigate the dry desert land for agriculture. More than 30 of these structures still function today and locals still use them for irrigation!
  • The Chauchilla Cemetery, a pre-Inca necropolis, is home to mummies and other ancient remnants. Most of its archaeological treasures have been pillaged over the years, but the site still stands out for the rare mummies that remain in their original tombs.

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Facts About The Nazca Lines

People, until now, continue to wonder how the massive Nazca lines were created and what they mean. Some of the local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, but scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture.

Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe was the first known expert to systematically study the lines in 1926. But the figures were only brought to public attention by pilots flying commercial planes over Peru in the 1930s. From then, several other experts investigated the lines, such as American professor Paul Kosok and Germany’s Maria Reiche, who was later known as the Lady of the Lines.

Believe it or not, some theories about the lines even involve aliens

Trivia

A truck driver was arrested in February 2018 for driving into the Nazca lines, damaging three of the geoglyphs. The incident left deep tire marks at the area, leading Peruvian authorities to commit to increased surveillance of the world-renowned archaeological site.

Travel Information

The flight over the Nazca lines are typically short, with the whole trip averaging less than 2 hours. Travel packages generally offer a little over 30 minutes flight time to see the mystic geoglyphs.

The trips can be done after tours from Lima or the Ballestas Islands, but flights are recommended in the morning for the best flying conditions. Nazca lines tours are not advisable for those who are highly sensitive to motion sickness or flight sickness. Alternatively, you can take anti-nausea medicine to make sure you enjoy your Nazca tour!

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