Big lines.....

Trip Start Sep 26, 2005
Trip End Dec 12, 2005

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Sunday, October 2, 2005

I travelled this morning by three different sets of local transport from Pisco to check out some really big lines in the sand. The Nazca Lines. Had of course, heard all about them and thought I best check them out while in the region. Logic suggested to me that the best view would be from a plane. So, I got myself a ticket in a small, small... did I mention small, plane and went flying over them. Turns out that even when there is no wind on the ground, and no trees moving there can still be all sorts of crazy turbulence in the air above some ridiculous set of lines in some Peruvian desert. Was a bit crazy, and the pilot kept saying 'and now on the left side' and then 'and now on the right side' each time flipping the plane on the side. Thankfully my stomach stayed where it's meant to be and we landed with success.

It was really fantastic, and gave an amazing view of the lines. It is quite extraordinary, though difficult to take photographs of - that could have been the pilot though. It is one of those inexplicable things... There are a quite a few things like that in Peru it seems. I didn't mention the Candle-abra (sp?) which is etched into a sand dune on an island, and is visible on the way to Islas Ballestas - explanations range from pirates, aliens and as a marking used by revolutionaries to guide their compadres to the shore. It is somewhere around 100 metres high.

That's all for now. Ciao.
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