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Seeing the Nazca Lines in Peru

By Paige, Nicaragua, July 2012

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Among the most enigmatic attractions in this most mysterious of countries are the Nazca Lines, enormous figures carved into the desert by the ancient Nazca civilization between 200BC and 500AD.

About 70 of the figures—clearly the oldest—are pictures of animals: a hummingbird, a monkey, a spider and many more, even one that looks suspiciously like an astronaut. Later lines are perfectly straight, forming roads, triangles, trapezoids and other geometric figures. They can only be clearly seen from above, and were rediscovered in the 1930s, with the advent of air travel.

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