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The Nazca Lines FLY OVER Peru's great archaeological mystery Flying over the Nazca lines

Fly over the Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are what archaeologists call geoglyphs: patterns carved into the ground creating immense images. And the geoglyphs at Nazca are vast. Located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima, they cover an area of about 450 sq. km. The Lines, which were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity.

Best ways to view the Nazca Lines

The geoglyphs depict living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures several kilometers long. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions although their exact purpose is still widely debated. The best way to view them is to take a flight to see them from the air and see if you can work out the mystery for yourself.

To view the Nazca Lines  you usually need 2-3 days, with an 8-hour bus ride each way from Lima.  if you are planning to visit Arequipa to see the Colca Canyon, Nazca is also a good stopping point.

Alternatively, you could transfer from Lima to Ica, a much shorter bus ride away than Lima-Nazca. Then in Ica, you can fly over the Nazca Lines. This is a great alternative for those who are short on time. Also, the advantage of transferring to Ica is that you can visit the Ballestas Islands, the Paracas National Reserve, and the Huacachina desert oasis nearby. Plus, Ica has some pisco distilleries and bodegas where you can go wine tasting

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