Lima and the Nasca Lines
Trip Start Sep 18, 2004
53Trip End Apr 27, 2005
The lads were flying to Cusco the following morning and I arranged to meet them there in 3 days. I too had decided to fly as the one hour flight was only a few pounds more expensive than the 30 hour bus journey over untarmacked roads.
But before I met them in 3 days there were two important things I needed to do - first to see the ancient and awe inspiring Nasca lines, a striking network of lines dating from 900BC to 600AD, some arranged in shapes of animals and rectangles, and second to watch the second leg of Chelsea champions league tie with Barcelona.
As time was short I watched Chelsea's historic victory (for the very few of you who might not know, Barca`s 2-1 lead from the first stage was turned on its head with a thumping 4-2 victory!) and then jumped straight aboard an overnight bus which arrived 8 hours later (around 7am) in Nasca. Arriving there I walked directly to a tour operator and booked myself onto a flight a couple of hours later.
The plane I went up in was a light 4 seater. I had never been in such a small aircraft and this was an experience in itself
The lines were pretty cool and I can see how they would have freaked out the original discoverers back in the 40s but they definately do not proove extraterrestrial life as some would like to say - but it is still amazing to think that people were able to create them all those centuries ago.
After the flight it was straight back to the bus station to board a 10.30am bus back to Lima. After another day there I was up at 4am for my flight to Cusco, the launch pad for all treks to Machu Pichu.......