Nasca Lines Fly-over Tour
The Nasca lines are ancient geoglyphs found in the Pampas of Jumana, in the desert of Nasca, between the towns of Nasca and Palpa, in the department of Ica (Peru).
They were traced by the Nasca culture and are composed of several hundred figures ranging from simple designs such as lines to complex zoomorphic figures, phyto morphs and geometries that appear traced on the earth's surface.
The most characteristic are the drawings of animals: birds between 259 and 275 meters long (giant hummingbirds, condors, the heron, the crane, the pelican, the seagull, the parrot and others), a monkey, a spider, a snail , a 27 meter whale, a dog with legs and long tail, an anthropomorphic figure, two llamas, an iguana, a lizard, and a snake. Many of the drawings are mixed with lines and spirals.
For many years, local inhabitants and diverse travellers that passed through the San José Plains in Nasca, were aware of the existence of some mysterious lines that were called "Inca trails," assuming that they were the remains of the old and forgotten Inca walkways.
Although it was in 1926 that the first archaeological investigation about these lines or "Inca trails" was published, they did not reach fame until 1941, when they were "discovered" by the American professor Paul Kosok. In the afternoon of the 21st of June of that year, on the day of the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, Kosok, while measuring one the "Inca trails," noticed that the sun was shining exactly upon one of the lines he was observing. Immediately, he deduced that it must have been a solstice line, drawn in order to indicate this important date in the agricultural calendar of the ancient societies.
Maria Reiche is associated to the Nasca Lines, due to the dedication, over more than 50 years, to the study, measurement and preservation of what she considered to be the biggest astronomical calendar of the world.
Location: Nasca, 444 km. south of Lima - 6 hours.
Necessary time for a fly-over: 0:35 hours from Nasca; 1:20 hours from Ica.