Taking Control in Nazca

Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
Trip End Feb 20, 2006

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I arrived in Nazca late in the evening from Pisco. I had a quick wander around town to have some dinner and book the flight for the Nazca lines the next day. The Nazca lines were only discovered by chance in 1939 when some planes working in the area started to notice the lines and shapes. The lines are spread across 500sq kms of desert, with over 800 lines, 300 figures and 70 drawings of plants and animals.

I was sitting in the front seat of the plane, so had a pretty good view of everything. There were 5 others along for the flight in our little plane. It didn't take long before we were at our first figure. The best was the hummingbird, but we also saw the monkey, spider, condor, astronaut, whale, lizard, tree and frog and I almost also saw my breakfast come up on the cockpit dashboard with the effects of airsickness.

The trip lasted less than an hour, but was well worth the time taken to get there and the airsickness felling from flying about in circles in a lightweight plane. At one point the pilot let me have the controls and I completed a few loop de loops and barrel rolls. Not.
There isn't really a lot else in Nazca so I had lunch at a crazy cafe covered in grafitti before catching the bus out to Cusco.
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