Nasca - The Wild Wild South of Peru
Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
22Trip End ??? ??, 2008
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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...