Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
64Trip End Apr 01, 2013
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I didn't really know anything about the Nazca lines until I started reading the very brief explanation included in my guidebook. They are a series of geoglyphs (huge lines both geometric -lines/spirals etc - and anthropomorphic - animals/figures etc) drawn into the desert very close to the town of Nazca. There are many theories about why they exist, creating a mysterious air and attracting people who may not know much about them (like me!!) but are intrigued enough to visit.
The flight itself only lasts 30mins and is in a really small aeroplane seating only 4 passengers as well as the 2 pilots
The route is explained before you take-off and there is commentary throughout. There's a lot to see during the 30mins, starting right after take-off when you fly over the first of the figures, the whale. It happens so fast that you can easily miss it if you are too busy fussing with your camera (like me, although I did just catch it). I had it in my head that the figures would appear huge and therefore impossible to miss, but I stupidly forgot the fact that we would be flying hundreds of metres above and their scale is therefore a lot smaller. Even the 300m long heron bird looked really small!! The flight path follows the most well-known of the figures - whale, trapezoid, astronaut, monkey, dog, hummingbird, condor, spider, heron bird, parrot, tree and the hands. Some are much easier to see than others, but the pilot loops around to make sure each side of the aircraft gets the chance to see each. And luckily for me, we had really good visibility and so I got to see most of the figures really clearly.
The lines aside, the desert scenery is quite spectacular and you just can't appreciate it from the ground in the same way you can when seeing it from above. Weird and wonderful patterns are visible in the sand, and the contrast between this and the green of the cultivated areas is really stunning.
So finally, am I glad I did it? ABSOLUTELY!!