Trip Start Feb 19, 1992
49Trip End Jun 28, 1992
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In Nazca we hired a pilot to take us up above the Nazca lines, which was amazing. The lines on the ground, in the middle of the desert which were created thousands of years ago still survive. The shapes reflect animals such as dog, bird and monkey as well as a whale (in the middle of the desert?) and even a man. Among the figures there are lines which look to us as a landing strip.
The highlight for me was when the pilot let me fly the plane for a few moments (I was sitting in the co-pilot seat).
Afterwards we went to meet with Maria Reiche, an archeologist who has been studying the lines for years. She was very nice, answered many questions. According to her the lines are some sort of calendar, makes sense since most of the unusual structures we have seen ended up to be some sort of calendar.
I bought an autographed book from her and we were on our way.
A short distance from Nazca there is a pre Inca cemetery called Chauchilla. There are open tombs in which you can see the huaqueros remains mummified.
Our last stop was a beach used by students to research wildlife, there wasn't much to do there, except look around and try to ignore the stench.
Well worth the visit