Nausea in Nazca

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
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Trip End Aug 15, 2006


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Friday, June 23, 2006

Another awful bus journey over and we arrived in Nazca at 7am. It was a pretty unimpressive town so we decided to do the one thing that it was famous for, the Nazca Lines, and get out of there!

Spread across 500 sq km of rock strewn plain the Nazca Lines form a network of over 800 lines, 300 figures and 70 animals and plant drawings. The ancient lines were mostly made by removing the sun darkened stones from the desert to expose the lighter stones below. Nobody knows who made the lines or why but there are a few theories including one which claims the lines are an astronomical calender, another claims that they are extraterestrial landing sites and another is that the lines are representations of Shamans´dreams brought on by hallucinogenic drugs.

The only way the lines can be appreciated is from the air and every tour agency in Nazca knows this and so charge whatever they like for the short flight. We shopped around a bit and finally settled for a 30 minute flight for $40 each. The airplane itself held 6 people including the pilot. As the plane took off we were pretty excited and thought it was going to be great fun. 5 minutes into the flight we saw our first animal, the whale. The pilot turns almost vertically to the left so those on the left could take some photographs and then swiftly turns to the right so the others can take a few snaps. Maybe it was the sight of the whale made us seasick but by that stage we both reached for the sick bags!

25 minutes, a monkey, astronaut, hummingbird and a spider later we were safely back on the ground. It took us most of the day to recover which nearly made the flight not worth it but its the only way to see the lines so it had to be done.

We left Nazca early the next morning for Lima.
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