The Nazca Lines
Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
56Trip End Jul 16, 2010
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Well saving half price comes at a little personal cost...mainly the bus for the first 6hr stretch only having passengers sitting on one side of the bus so the kilos of potatoes that were being loaded onto the other side would balance out the suspension properly. That was interesing and slightly scary......Then the promised toilet was locked for the entire journey which meant that the local men on board took to pissing out of the window!!! Yes its true!!! Being well brought up meant that of course I couldnt do such behaviour but after 4 hours I could hold on no more and banged on the drivers door and demanded they stop (funnily enough noone else mentioned a word, either Peruvian women have iron bladders or they dont like to make a fuss to the menfolk - or they may not be such a whingy bitch as me???) Anyway we stopped, everyone else (women and children included) went off to piss at the back of a building whilst I was directed inside a building (VIP!!), bear in mind we were in the middle of the desert and it was otherwise deserted
Jumped back on the bus and arrived at the midway point where we hung around for a couple of hours before boarding the (final - thank god!!) overnight bus to Nazca.
So the second overnight leg of the journey started by us managing to grab the front seats of the top deck which was actually quite a freaky experience as it was a very narrow windy road and the Peruvian drivers tend not to stick to their side of it!! After a film and a snack it was time to crank back the seat and pop a couple of diazepam - and hey presto we were being shaken awake, it was 6.30am and we had arrived in Nazca.
As soon as we exited the bus we were being harassed from all directions by hotel and flight touts, did a bit of bartering and found a decent - well our idea of decent! - hotel in the main square for 7.50 a night. Arrived and went straight back to bed, woke around lunchtime and spent the rest of the afternoon having a look around the extremly small town. Nazca is primarily famous for its 'Nazca Lines' which are very strange shapes created in the surrounding desert, including a monkey, whale and spider etc. Apart from that the town is tiny and offers nothing except earthquake ravaged streets - potholes everywhere! Its a lot hotter than anywhere else we have been and the town can be navgated by walking down a couple of streets. After an actually decent Chinese meal we had a wander around the various tour operator shops seeing what kind of deal they could offer us for the flights over the lines. The initial plan was to visit for a day and get a taxi to the viewpoint on a nearby mountain where you have a partial view of 2 of the figures - we thought the flight would be far too expensive
Day didnt start well as it was very cloudy and grey, it needs to be clear to actually see the lines! Picked up at 9.30 and headed to a hotel opposite the airfield where we watched a video detailing the history and study behind the lines. Theories vary, from mathmatical patterns, shamanic offerings to the gods to encourage rain to the obvious UFO visitors - noone actually knows for sure as the people who were responsible for creating them had no written language to explain their reasoning. When the video finished we emerged to find the clouds had cleared and we set off to the airfield. After 15 or so minutes we headed off to the (very very small!!!) plane with 3 other people clutching our maps of the 14 figures ready to set off. Headsets on and buckled in we took off, quite scary as neither of us had been in a plane that tiny before and it is quite an alarming experience.
Well I lasted approx 2 mins before I started to feel sick, and not just a bit sick, sick as in I want to get out of this plane NOW!!
Al was fine and managed to get some good photo shots, noone else was actually sick but everyone else said they too felt pretty awful so that made me feel a bit better. As soon as we landed the feeling started to subside and by the time we got back to Nazca I was ready for some food! After lunch we picked up our bags and caught the bus for a 2hr road trip through the desert to our next destination Huacachina.