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  • Address: Nazca, Peru
The arid plains surrounding the small town of Nazca are detailed with South America’s most enigmatic sight, the extraordinary Nazca Lines. Etched into more than 80 km (50 miles) of rocky desert, and only properly appreciated from the air, the Nazca Lines are made up of more than 800 lines, 300 figures and 70 animal and plant outlines.

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.

Practical Info

Nazca lies just inland from the coast in the Nazca Desert, around 440km (275 miles) south of Lima. The best way to view the lines is from the air aboard an early-morning tour.

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Nazca Lines and Huacachina Oasis from San Martin Port, Paracas, null
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Nazca Lines and Huacachina Oasis from San Martin Port

This 6-hour tour is for all visitors who are landing at San Martin Port and want to enjoy a private tour. This tour offer the opportunity to visit traditional ...  Read more

Location: Paracas, Peru
Duration: Varies

From USD $443.34
Paracas Shore Excursion: Nazca Lines Tour, Paracas, Ports of Call Tours
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Paracas Shore Excursion: Nazca Lines Tour

If you are travelling on a cruise and passes through Paracas, don't miss this opportunity and flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines from San Martin Port. On ...  Read more

Location: Paracas, Peru
Duration: Varies

From USD $468.44
30-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines from Nazca, Ica, Ports of Call Tours
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30-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines from Nazca

Experience a bird’s eye view flying for 30 minutes above one of the great creations of the ancient world, the Nazca Lines, on this tour. Learn the fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Nazca, Peru
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $153.00

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