Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Should I, shouldn't I, should I, shouldn't I, should I...the constant to-ing and fro-ing in my mind during the past days over whether or not to do the flight over the Nazca lines. And so, my final decision was a resounding YES and the flight was confirmed at 10.30pm when I arrived from Lima for 9.30am the next day...

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. Anyone prone to airsickness or affected by turbulence would really suffer as you feel everything. Luckily not me (flying is in my blood, of course!!) and I could enjoy the whole flight even as we tipped up and down to give each side of the aeroplane the best view.

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!!
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Pigwig on

Oh wow I would have loved this, probably would have spewed but still alot of fun x

curlsandtales on

You would totally not have spewed - imagine Dishy's disgust if you did... Cracking fun, want to go up in an aeroplane again. Xx

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