Flying over the mysterious Nazca lines.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Barbant hostel

Flag of Peru  , Ica Region,
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Highlights

Nasca Lines Flight.
We got picked up at 9.30 by Jeffery, a really friendly peruvian who took us to the airport. I was getting rather nervous about flying in a six seater plane (4 passengers and 2 pilots) and Jeffery made things worse by reassuring me that there have been no fatalities in 2 years. Great! My faced dropped and Jeff and Mark just sat there laughing at me for the entire journey.
When I arrived I handed over my passport and got myself weighed, where you sit in the plane is determined by how heavy you are. This actually worked in my favor as the two other english girls were small and got the back seats leaving me with a bigger window to see the lines.
It didn't help having to wait an hour to board the plane, I wasn't that scared but more concerned about throwing up everywhere and missing the whole show.
When the time came our 'pilot' (he looked about my age wearing huge aviator sunglasses) took us out onto the tarmac to have photos with the plane. It was so much smaller than I thought it would be and the realization of what I was doing sunk in. Roberto showed us on a map the route we would take and how we would fly past all the lines on both the right and left sides so we could all see and take photos.
The take off was actually really smooth but as we gained height the plane did drop a few times making my stomach do summersaults. The flight lasted around 30 minutes and I saw huge figures and geometric shapes covering an area that stretched for miles. There were animals such as the famous monkey, parrot, condor, dog, humming bird, whale and also a huge tree and a giant man! The lines were made by the Nazca people (hence the name!) around 1500 years ago by simply removing the top layer of brown rock to reveal the lighter colour underneath. Archeologists believe they created them for their gods to see from the sky.
When the pilot said it was time to land I was quite sad it was over so quickly, it was truly amazing to see these shapes and lines from a tiny plane from the sky (an incredible experience in itself).


Chauchilla Cemetery.
The sound of being able to see and get close to mummies and human bones in the middle of the desert was an offer we couldn't refuse. Jeffery set us up with his mate to give us a tour of this weird and wonderful site. The tombs are located a 30km drive outside of Nazca and 10 minutes from the highway through the desert. There were about 10 pits/tombs containing 1-3 mummies (families were buried together) and there were even a few babies too. It was quite weird to see the amazingly preserved bodies still with hair and tissue. Some of them were almost 1800 years old and now only have a wall surrounding them. It was extremely windy so we were surprised the mummies were in such good condition with all that sand flying about. Our guide told us that the richest people were buried in red cloth with expensive potteries, silver and gold and the poorer wrapped in brown cloth with fewer inexpensive possessions. We could still see some broken pottery but most of it was looted a long time ago. This place was definitely one of the strangest places we've visited but well worth it.
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