Nazca Lines

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Nazca, Peru
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The Nazca Lines are a group of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert.  There are hundreds of individual figures, ranging from simple lines to stylized representations of people and all sorts of animals including a hummingbird, a monkey, a spiders, several fish, llamas and lizards.  These lines were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and AD 700, by removing the dark iron-oxide-coated pebbles from the otherwise white desert floor, the result being a sharp contrast of white sandy ground surrounded by dark pebble-covered desert floor.  As these lines can only be recognized as coherent figures from the air, there has been a great deal of speculation about why the Nazca people would have built them, ranging from simple sun-worship to theories of UFO landing sites.  Given that these figures can only be seen from above, the best way to appreciate the Nazca Lines is to fly over top of them.
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The Nazca lines are located between the towns of Nazca and Palpa in the Nazca desert.  While it is possible to arrive to the lines by land, the Nazca lines are best viewed by air.  Aerial tours of the lines are offered out of Nazca's small airport, as well as out of nearby Ica and even Lima.  Flight reservations can be made from pretty much any hotel in Nazca, and it is much cheaper to book here than from Lima or elsewhere.  Flights typically leave in the mid-to-late morning (after the mist has cleared but before the afternoon winds get too strong).  Another option is to view the Nazca lines from the mirador (observation tower) 20km north of Nazca.  Travelers to this Peru attraction can take a taxi, or catch a north-bound bus in the morning and hitchhike back.
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Sep 28, 2009
This is one of "those" places you absolutely have to experience to appreciate. If possible, the numerous geoglyphs located in the Nasca Desert should be viewed from aloft in order to see them clearly and get the full effect. How, by whom, why, and when, are only some of the questions that will surely come to mind when viewing the Nazca Lines. The geoglyphs are mind-boggling and amazing. My youngest son and I visited the Nazca Lines in spring of 2009. Arranging a flight/tour was easy and affordable. We were happy with our plane and pilot, and it was a perfect day too view the geoglyphs. Our air adventure only lasted around 45 minutes, but it was excellent. Aside from a little air-sickness on my son’s part, we had a real adventure. Once viewed, it is easy to understand why Maria Reiche, the most famous Nazca-Researcher spent her life attempting to answer the mysteries of the Nazca Lines. I still find myself wondering about those lines. Should you go? Absolutely! Good Journeys!
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Jan 13, 2009
The Nazca lines are really incredible and it remains a mystery to date how they were created and by whom. And apart from the fascinating pictures, the whole experience can be a true challenge: The best way to see them is to take a flight (it's about half an hour), however, those seem to be scheduled without an apparent logic behind it - well, at least I couldn't really figure it out. And the planes are small machines that only take the pilot and 3 passengers, so if you've got problems with roller coasters or if you are claustrophobic, you may not enjoy this kind of adventure.
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Oct 23, 2008
To be seen! Nasca lines have been done a long time ago when they didn t have plane, or you can only see them from the sky. The draws are made in the rocks and have hundreds meters long and are of a great precision. We still don t explain how they made it... You have to take a flight (30mins, more or less 50$) to see them properly. From the ground you can see only two draws from the view point but you don t see them properly. If you hae the opportunity, do it...
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Oct 30, 2008
Amazing when you consider how old they are, they do have viewing platforms along the road but the best way to see them is from above. It cost around $50 for a 30 minute plane ride and is worth the money although you will probably feel a little sick afterwoods. If you have a chance to view a video on how they were made as well you should do this
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Feb 19, 2009
a couple of years ago the museum about that german lady was still lookin good and informative... nowadays it looks kinda neglected...  The lines itself are totally not respected by the visitors that park their cars on the lines! the landscape and knowing there are lines does make it a sight worth visiting.
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