Lines in the sand

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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Saturday, June 3, 2006

Make sure to check out Andrea's Travel Blog for more stories and photos of our trip!

Quick stop over to see some lines in the desert

We took a night bus to Nazca and a few hours later we left for Lima, exhausted, on yet another bus.

We had heard that this was the best way to see the Nazca lines, via a quick stop over which avoided spending a night in the not-so-nice town of Nazca. The night bus from Cusco, over the Andes the night before was a windy one which afforded no sleep. We wondered if we would be able to keep our American breakfast we had just munched down, in our bellies during our flight which we booked as soon as we arrived into town.

The "thing to do" in Nazca is to see the Nazca lines. Lines which are dug into the beige desert landscape to form large shapes like birds, monkeys and others. Oddly, the ancients who drew these lines couldn't have possibly seen the shapes from the sky, which is really the only way to appreciate them which raises many interesting theories as to their origins.

From ground level, the shapes are meaningless lines in the sand. We took a 35 minute flight over the lines and got a full appreciation of just how massive these shapes were.

Many theories exist as to the why and how of the line, the most plausible one, to me at least, being that the shapes where used for locals to march on, which dug into the sand and formed these shapes over time. The strangest theory being that it was made by aliens.

Have a look and decide for yourself!
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