Astronauts and monkeys together again.

Trip Start Jul 31, 2006
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Trip End Aug 24, 2006


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Saturday, August 5, 2006

After today, I can now check off one more thing I had on my list of "things to do before I die" list. Fly over the Nasca Lines!

We woke up early and decided to take a morning flight in case it was too cloudy in the afternoon. Its definitely nice to see blue skies after seeing so much grey in Lima. Some tourists had to arrive at 6:30am to catch a 11:30am flight, but fortunately with our travel group we were virtually allowed to board right away.

After spending about 10 minutes playing FoosBall in the strangest airport Ive ever seen, it was time for the flight. I was originally going to fly with 4 other members from our group, but at the last minute I was moved onto a little Cessna with 4 tourists from Quebec. That was a lucky move, as apparently two of the people on my original plane got airsick during the flight. Im thinking the smells of vomit would seriously detract from the Nasca experience.

Anyhow it was great!!! We veered left and right over the geoglyphs, as the pilot allowed both sides of the plane to get photos of the desert below. There were designs and lines everywhere. We saw the: whale, monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider, alcatraz, parrot, and the hands. You could really appreciate what the Nasca people went through to build these things, as they were huge. However, I still cant understand what would possess them to embark on such an endeavour. It must have taken years to build just one line... let alone an entire geoglyph.

After the flight, we travelled 27 km outside of the town of Nasca to head to an old pre-Columbian cemetary. Originally looted by grave-robbers, you could still see the mummies placed in the pits on the desert floor. A couple of them looked like Bob Marley mummies, but they all gave you a glimpse at how life would have been some 700 years ago.

Finally, I wandered around town, ate some Chinese food, bought a Peruvian soccer jersey, and then headed back to the hotel for a cold dip in the pool. Im not sure why I jumped at the chance to cool down, when Ive been constantly trying to stay warm this entire trip.

Were leaving Nasca on a public bus tonight and will be arriving in Arequipa tomorrow bright and early. I fear the night bus, but remembering the sights from today will undoubtedly help me get through it.
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Nazca lines
In the Nazca region, scattered over 500 square kilometers of an arid plateau between the Nazca River and Ingenio River, exist huge representations of geometric patterns, animals, humans figures and thousands of perfectly straight lines that go on for kilometers. The images on the ground are so huge, that the only way to fully observe them is only from the sky. Its real purpose is unknown, nobody actually knows who made them or why? Flying over the Nazca desert you can marvel looking at the perfect shape of a monkey, a spider, a while, a lizard and various types of birds, including humming birds, sea birds, and the mighty Andean Condor. These strange figures are more than 2000 years old, and they are known as The Nazca Lines.
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