Nausea in Nazca

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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Hospedaje Brabant

Flag of Peru  , Ica,
Monday, September 28, 2009

Nazca only has one tourist attraction, but its a biggie. Over 300 lines, geometric shapes and pictures carved into the stone below the desert which have only survived thanks to the low rainfall in the area. Some of the figures are a few hundred meters long and incredibly intricate - they can only be seen in entirety from the air.
We met Alan, a fellow Perth-ite on the bus in, so the three of us head to the airport ultra early in the morning to book an overflight - and then wait 3 hours for the fog to clear. The plane is a tiny 6 seater which banks steeply left and then right over each of 12 figures to give us a good view. I quickly discover that a) I hate small planes and b) the first person to reach desperately for the sick bag is not popular for the rest of the flight. Thankfully the sight of the lines from the air is enough to distract me and i don't need the sick bag - my favorites are the monkey, the spider and the hummingbird. Bevan is having a great time and when the rest of us stagger off the plane pale and sweaty he wants another go.

We aim for the museum in the afternoon, but only make it as far as a stadium where we can hear music and discover a traditional dance contest underway. To the mild amusement of the locals, we spend the rest of the afternoon as the only foreigners in the audience.
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