One of the highlights of Peru which we missed the first time round was the Nazca Lines. We opted out of doing the flight, but decided to stop at the platform along the PanAm Hwy. I am sure that taking a flight over the Nazca lines is the way to see them, however going up in a small aircraft and with it flying at weird angles and making sharp turns wasn't appealing to us so we paid our 2 soles and climbed the platform to view the few formations that were close by instead.
The lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert and were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The plateau that the lines are on stretches over 80 kilometers. Researchers believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD and consist of individual figures that range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards. Of course, many of these we did not get to see, but got the gist of it.
The lines are shallow designs and were made in the ground by removing the ubiquitous reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish ground beneath. The largest figures are over 200 meters across. Due to the dry, windless and stable climate of the plateau and its isolation, for the most part the lines have been preserved.
Once we were done viewing the lines, we headed for our camp spot for the evening. Down a dirt road in a little cove with it’s own Inka Ruins. The camping was part of a resort, so we got a few stares as we pulled up on our dirty bikes and eyed a good camping spot. We were the only campers for the evening and set up tent on a little ridge overlooking the ocean. The sunset was breathtaking as we took in the view and relaxed for the evening and going to sleep with the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach.
New photos of Peru added to the photo album.