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Friday, January 11, 2013

Meet the Aliens in Nazca, Peru

Nazca is a small town located in one of the driest deserts in the world, on the south coast of South America.
The Nazca Civilization ruled this land about 2000 years ago leaving behind the spectacular Nazca Lines, symbols similar to the modern crop circles, that can be observed by plane.
There are several drawings including a man, a monkey or a bird.

How can you get there?
It's not that easy but there's a bus from Lima that crosses the famous  Carretera Transamericana through a deserted landscape. The bus trip can take several hours and in the end you will arrive in the small town that would have been forgotten for sure without the Nazca Lines. There is some tourist activity here considering the celebrity of the ancient lines.

How can you see the lines?
Well, you will need an airplane and there are plenty available for booking. You can get a tour offer at your hotel or at a tourist office. Although the flight to the lines will be relatively smooth once you'll get there be prepared for some minor stunts, the plane will do some turns so taht you can get a good view of the lines. It can be pretty rough for those afraid of flight.

When should you visit Peru?
Go on the summer months when the weather is dry in Peru. It's a great weather to visit Nazca but also Macchu Picchu, Cuzco and lake Titicaca.