Nice Lines Mayte

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Catching the bus hungover once again I made my way to Nazca, excited to see the lines. I'd been told that there wasn´t much else exciting there in the small dusty town and as I was on a strict budget I couldn´t afford to fly over them, so I had to settle for the somewhat unimpressive divingboard-like structure of the mirador. Swotting up in my guidebook I found out you could catch a bus North along the Panamerican Highway to get there... nervous with my absolute zero Spanish skills, you can imagine how proud I was when I stepped off the bus into the unbearabley hot dessert to see the mirador.

First impressions: well this is a bit shit... but at least give it a chance.

Still a slight dissapointment at the top, I mean the lines were there but only three; the tree, the bird and the lizard. Unfortunately what I assume would have been the most impressive of the three, the lizard,  was cut in half by the panamerican highway before the lines were even discovered.

I was told about another view point about a mile up the road on top of a small hill and seriously underestimating the difficulty, began to walk in the midday sun of the dessert: big mistake, especially with no water. Reaching the top gave you a view of countless poker straight lines heading off into the distance to meet with the surrounding mountains. The lines are extremely well preserved, apparently because it never rains in this part of the world, if it did the lines would have been long since gone and we still wouldn´t know the purpose of them.

Satisfied I'd had my lot and in desperate need of some agua, I caught the bus back to town to be met by Maria, the Welsh girl I met in Ica, to tell me that her flight over the lines was the most amazing experience ever... Bitch! Looking at her pictures I was insanely jelous, particularly of the monkey... look it up online and you'll see what I mean. Trying to get her to forget how memorable her experience was I suggested we go for a walk about town and have something to eat, agreeing we set off to find a good deal on a menu. Six soles for a two course meal... not too shabby, but the thing with menu's is you have to try and forget where they buy the meat from; trust me, if you'd seen the meat markets you'd question how healthy it was to eat in these places, however when you´re on a budget the world is not quite your oyster....
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