It is one of the largest figures of the Nazca lines. It represents a condor, a large bird that inhabits the area, and measures about 154 meters. Monkey. The figure of the monkey is perhaps the most complex of the set, and, the most representative of it. It measures about 95 meters and represents a well-defined monkey. What differentiates it from the other figures of the Nazca Lines is the complexity of its tail. The spider. Another figure that stands out in complexity is that of the spider. The figure, which extends over 47 meters of surface shows a spider with its eight legs. The most amazing thing about the figure is its incredible symmetry. The dog. It is a well-defined figure of a canine that could well be a domestic dog or a coyote or jackal. It shows the animal with the tail facing up. The giant. Undoubtedly the figure of the giant is the one that has given more to talk about. It shows a humanoid figure with his arm extended as a greeting. Because of the peculiar figure that this geoglyph represents, he has been popularly called as The Nazca Astronaut, because, it seems that he wore a helmet on his head, and boots on his feet.
The Nazca Lines are one of the most mysterious places in the world. These strange and wonderful figures were discovered in 1927 near Nazca, one the driest regions of the world on the south plains of the region of Ica. The size and complexity of these geoglyphs, suggest some kind of mysterious origin. However, archeologists state that these drawing board. The designs can be seen from the lookout (mirador) or from the air, flying on a light plane. The latter is the best option to see the designs, such as the humming bird, the spider, and the monkey. Maria Reiche, a German researcher who spent all her life studying these figures, said that these lines, 15 to 20 cm deep, were an anormous astronomical calendar used to track down the different solar phases. She also said that the chalk from the desert plains is a magical and natural preserver of these images. It is absolutely very difficult to decipher the mystery but it is definitely impossible not to be enchanted by it.
Nazca Lines Location
The Nazca Lines are located in the Pampas of Jumaná, Ica region, in Peru, South America. Nazca is a town located 500 km south of Lima at about 600 m altitude, the name "Nazca" comes from the ancient and enigmatic pre-Inca culture.
Nazca Lines Interesting Facts
- Paul Kosok, many believe that Maria Reiche was the first to investigate the lines, however before she was Paul Kosok (USA) which was in Peru studying the irrigation systems and old aqueducts, he arrived in Nasca in 1939 believing that the lines were an irrigation system, later in 1949 his German partner Maria Reiche continued her work.
- In total there are about 80 figures in 500 km hundreds of trapezoids and spirals, in addition to thousands of lines, birds between 259 and 275 meters long (giant hummingbirds, condors, the heron, the crane, the gull, the pelican, the parrot among others), a monkey, a spider, a snail, a lizard, a 27-meter whale, a dog with legs and a long tail, an anthropomorphic figure, two llamas, etc. In the category of reptiles, a lizard that was "cut the tail" to build the South Pan-American Highway, an iguana and a snake.
- It is common to see in the Nasca culture different figures of whales, for example there are ceremonial ceramics with whale iconography besides offering heads, in the months of August it was the passage of the whales that migrate from north to south through the Peruvian seas, the Nascas they saw them as very powerful gods that is why they offered them trophy heads in a type of ceremony, that is why we see them reflected in the pampas of Nazca and in ceramics.
- The figure known as "the astronaut" is one of the most mysterious of the Nasca culture and for some people it is evidence that we were visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings.
- The aqueducts of Cantalloc are located 4 km from Nasca and are a great work of hydraulic engineering, were built by the Nasca culture 2000 years ago María Reiche worked until her last days studying and preserving the Nasca lines .
- Although the best way to see the Nasca lines is from the air it is also possible to appreciate some figures from the ground, in 1978 Maria Reiche built a lookout at Km 420 of the Panamericana Sur 3 km from her home.
- In the pampas of Nasca there are lines that pass over other lines, there are figures that are drawn on other figures or lines, and there are lines that have been drawn on other figures, so that it can not be affirmed which figure is the oldest , you can only be sure that some of these figures and strokes are very old.
Nazca Lines Geometric shapes
The Nazca Lines are a set of huge geoglyphs located in the central region of Peru that date back more than a millennium.
Made by the Nazca culture, the lines are a set of slits of about 15 cm on the ground that, seen from the surrounding hills or from an airplane, form more than 800 varied figures. Among them there are simple geometric figures, labyrinths, plants, animals and even figures of anthropomorphic beings that seem to be human beings.
Among the hundreds of figures of the Nazca Lines, the most remarkable are those of animals that total a total of about 70 figures, since some of them can measure 270 meters in length.
Much has been speculated about the purpose of these various figures. While experts say they were made to worship the gods, some more adventurous place the origin and the end of the Nazca Lines in extraterrestrial beings and ancestral astronauts.
Among the more than 800 figures found in the Nazca area, these are the most remarkable:
It is a great figure located at the top of a plateau that represents a hummingbird. It measures about 95 meters.
It is one of the largest figures of the Nazca lines. It represents a condor, a large bird that inhabits the area, and measures about 154 meters.
The figure of the monkey is perhaps the most complex of the set, and, the most representative of it. It measures about 95 meters and represents a well-defined monkey. What differentiates it from the other figures of the Nazca Lines is the complexity of its tail.
Another figure that stands out in complexity is that of the spider. The figure, which extends over 47 meters of surface shows a spider with its eight legs. The most amazing thing about the figure is its incredible symmetry.
It is a well-defined figure of a canine that could well be a domestic dog or a coyote or jackal. It shows the animal with the tail facing up.
Undoubtedly the figure of the giant is the one that has given more to talk about. It shows a humanoid figure with his arm extended as a greeting. Because of the peculiar figure that this geoglyph represents, he has been popularly called as The Nazca Astronaut, because, it seems that he wore a helmet on his head, and boots on his feet.
Nazca Lines, what are they?
The Nazca Lines are a set of strange and ancient figures located in the Peruvian desert, about 400 kilometers from the capital, Lima. They measure between 50 and 300 meters and since 1994 they are part of the Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, by decision of the Unesco
Nazca Lines, what do they mean?
Researchers have defined them as "sacred roads," as "a great astronomical book" or messages or offerings to the gods. For the German archaeologist, Maria Reiche Neumann, they are a solar and lunar calendar of enormous dimensions. It is hypothesized that its creators could forecast the best time to harvest and the rainy season. In 1968, Erich von Däniken published in his book Memories of the Future, that the Nasca lines were landing strips of extraterrestrial ships.
Nazca Lines Tour
The Day of Activity You will be picked up from your hotel in Nazca and brought in an air-conditioned vehicle to the airfield where you will board a light aircraft for a memorable aerial excursion on the Nazca Lines, known worldwide. A bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until you board the plane. This flight over the Nazca Lines will cover the extension of the stone of the Nazca desert, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometric figures.
The flight to Nasca lines lasts approximately 30 minutes and is the best way to see these fascinating lines and drawings that have intrigued people for years. Here, you will be able to see the different figures traced on the stone surface of the Nazca desert, representing stylized animals and plants, distributed in an enormous labyrinth of lines, trapezoids, triangles and spirals that have been preserved for almost 2000 years. They are the most amazing is that an ancient culture has left behind. These designs, some of them, as long as 500 meters, can be seen only from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet.
Nazca Lines Review
- Nazca Lines. We arrived at Nazca from Lima via bus, six hours away, with a stop at Paracas. Nazca is a very small city but it has the great attraction that are the mythical lines. We hire the flight in the hostel, its value 90 uss, the flight lasts half an hour, and you have to have a good stomach. It is very worthwhile, the lines look very good and make you want to last a little longer. Another tour highly recommended to visit the aqueducts of the Nazca culture, they are more than a thousand years old and they are working, they only need a cleaning once a year, they are even built with an anti earthquake technique. The tour lasts an hour or so and is contracted in several places. A day in Nazca is good to cover it all.
- Overflight. We fly the Nazca lines from Pisco, the plane of 12 people in excellent condition, as we were in Paracas flying from here is very comfortable, the trip lasts 1.30 hours, it is 30 minutes on the road and for 30 minutes these lines fly over, I love . Although I do suffer from dizziness, I do not recommend it, since the plane turns to both sides to observe all the figures. An excellent experience !!!! The company that flies from there is Aerodiana.
- On the Nazca Lines Viewer. The Nazca Lines viewer is already many years old and still has the same form and capacity of use that Dr. Maria Reiche left us. Being the second tourist attraction of Peru, the viewpoint should be improved and give greater capacity for use for the great demand it has. I developed a Plan to Improve the Mirador de Nazca and I hope that one day my dream will come true and that Mirador will improve.
Nazca Lines Peru Tour