Nasca - The Wild Wild South of Peru

Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
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Trip End ??? ??, 2008


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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Nazca...hot...dusty... and small...  We travelled 8 hours from Lima, seeing the landscape change dramatically from lush green to arid, rolling sand dunes.  Now you´re probably expecting that the journey was a bit of a gut wrencher, right?!  No way!  We booked ourselves on to the luxurious Cruz Del Sur which was so good - it was better than our flight to Lima.  Our seats reclined all the way back, we had food and drinks and watched ´The Departed´ & ´The Island´.  Not bad for 12 quid, hey?

Nasca - was a scorcher!  The sun beats down relentlessly on you during the day, in this coastal desert town, so yep, you guessed it, we submitted to the siesta, yet again!  The town is tiny and most peeps only stay 24 hours to see the giant geoglyphs etched into the land that were made about 1400 years ago.  We managed to arrange an overflight in a light airplane ala Indiana Jones stylee, and I was looking forward to it loads, even though Harmeet was as enthusiastic as a dead fish and just kept hacking and sneezing all over me

Tuesday morning at 8am, we got to the aerodome and waited with anticipation.  All was good.  We got in an aircraft seating 6 and took off, thats when it got bad... 
The pilot, bless him, kept turning around and while violently banking left and then right would keep saying "Now my  friends, get your cameras ready, and look to the left my friend..."  "Now look to the right my friend".  If you didn´t give him a thumbs up he would keep pointing and saying it!  So whats wrong with that, you ask?  Well doing 180 degree turns kinda makes you want to vomit.  So it took all our concentration not to puke on the back of his head! 

And as for the Nazca lines - well they have what we like to call ´The Stonehenge Effect´.  You see pictures of it everywhere, so when you get to Stonehenge you think its gonna be the size of Wembly Stadium and as tall as the Angel of the North, but actually its a tiddler! 

Similarly, the Nazca lines, you see postcards and pictures of them everywhere and you expect them to be huge (they are actually!  They´re about 70metres x 150 metres), but cos you´re flying so high they´re the size of a gnats testicle!  We missed four of them, cos we blinked!! You´ll have to look really hard, to see anything in our pics.

Flight over, we booked our coach tickets and couldn´t wait to get out of there...   
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kromasomes
kromasomes on

Great lines!!!!
What's an astronaut doing there???

Great photos guys, must of been fun in that little plane.

Si

janetteb
janetteb on

Janette wants to come too..
You intrepid travellers ... at least the pilot had a clean shirt before you threw up over him ... keep up the blog as its great to come along with you in spirit (Harmeet delivery of dvd arrives today!)
Janettex

vinnay
vinnay on

wow
remember to take me with you next time
great photos and great blogs keep entertaining us
lots of love vinay

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