Creatures drawn here include monkeys measuring 90 meters (300 feet), lizards, spiders representing fertility, and an astronaut lookalike. Birds like the hummingbird, condor and flamingo represent summer and winter, and point exactly to where the sun rises and sets. The largest drawings measure 200 meters (660 feet) across.
There are a number of theories behind the lines and their construction - who made them, why and how? - but no one knows for sure, and they were only rediscovered in 1939.
One theory dates them to between 400 and 600 AD, believing that they were mapped as an astronomical calendar by early mathematicians. Fertility cults, marathon races, hallucinogenic dreamscapes and extraterrestrial landing sites are just a few of the other hypotheses behind their creation.
If you can’t jump into a Cessna to view the Nazca Lines from the air, visit the observation tower 20k m (12 miles) north of the town of Nazca to get an overview of the lines.
Tours & Tickets
Leaving Lima behind, you'll depart on a full-day tour to the Ballestas Islands and Nazca Lines. Visit the famous Ballestas Islands where you'll have the ... Read more
Duration: 16 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy a private full-day trip from Lima to see theNazca Lines. You will travel to Ica and take a 1.5-hour flight over the incredible and famous lines. You will ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a private 2-day trip from Lima to Ica and see the fascinating Nazca Lines on a 1.5-hour flight. Moreover, visit the beautiful Huacachina Oasis, located ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)