Mystery of Nazca lines & duneduggy desert stye
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The Nazca lines are shrouded in mysteries 300 geometric figures consisting of straight lines made from sun baked stones spread across 500 sq km the picture perfect geoglyphs everything from lizard, monkey, condor, astronaut, plants and hummingbird almost invisible from ground level I had to ride in a Cessna aircraft to get a bird eyes view of the line. Archaeologist continue to debate when they were formed and why they were formed its theorized they were made by the Paracas and Nazca cultures between 900 BC and AD 600 some even say aliens help the Nasca culture with the geoglyps possibly made for astronomical calendar for agricultural purposes or the lines were walkways linking huacas the most likely theory given there in the sun baked desert is the lines were involved in mountain worship and fertility/water cult. Whatever there purpose it's amazing how a culture century's old they likely couldn't view from the air could make drawings so geometric precise.
Some towns embrace tourist, some towns despise tourist, and most towns tolerate tourist due to the economic factors. Ica and Huacachina is one of those places that embrace tourist as it's sole economic resource. Hacachina is a tiny oasis in the middle of the desert consisting of 200 people grab your dune buggy, motorcycle, or snowboard the endless dunes here are a pleasure ground for play. I must admit I forgot how enjoyable it is to rally a dune buggy up and over the endless sand dunes going 40mph renting a snowboard I did some sandboarding down the slopes of the dunes I only wreaked once, but it felt like a fall on a skateboard the sand turning to instant concrete rattling my brain and shoulder. While sandboarding is fun for a bit it doesn't hold a candle to riding a snowboard down a powder filled fields of snow. Although Huacachina embraces tourist just be careful on who you trust as I saw a couple shouting matches between tourist and tour operator about being lye to or ripped off when it came to tours of Nazca or nearby Ballesta islands.
Ica/Hucachina: Is 5 hours south down the pan-american highway from Lima bus ($10) the bus will take you to Ica from there its a $2 taxi ride to the oasis of Hucachina. I stay at Sand & Lake hostel friendly owner run hostel ($10) you can rent buggies for ($20) for two hours and sandboard with boots cost ($10) per day.
Nasca: Can be reached by bus from Ica 2 hours ($5) or Lima ($12) 7hour. You can book tours in Ica or Lima for a plane ride or go directly to the gilder port in Nazca. I paid $50 for a 40 min ride over the lines.