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Nazca & Palpa lines

Giant mysterious figures in the desert

•type:

•interest:

CULTURAL

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

•location:
NAZCA CITY
•country:
PERU
 

Nazca & Palpa lines

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by:
Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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ABOUT - 

Nazca & Palpa lines

Nazca, a name that unites a culture, a city and giant lines, in a single great mystery. The Nazca lines are ancient geoglyphs or figures of colossal size that were drawn in slopes of mountains or plains in the desert pampas of Nazca and Palpa, populations in the south of Peru, 450 km from Lima, the country’s capital. The Nazca culture traced them on the Earth's surface and there are hundreds of designs. These colossal figures hold the designation as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, under the denomination "Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca and Palpa".

 

They occupy an area of ​​800 km2 near the Pacific Ocean. The width of each line is between 40 and 210 cm and the length can extend up to 275 m. It is estimated that there are 10,000 of these lines.

 

Popular culture and science propagated the myth that the Nazca Lines can only be seen from the air, but it is not true because they are also visible from the nearby hills. In fact, that is how they were discovered in 1927 by the Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejía.

 

Many figures are found in Nazca: geometric, meanders, animals, vegetable and human representations, labyrinths and others. The most representative are the drawings of animals: giant birds (hummingbird, condor, heron, crane, pelican, seagull, parrot), monkey, spider, snail, a 27 meter long whale, dog with legs and long tail, an anthropomorphic figure, two llamas. In the category of reptiles: lizard, iguana and snake.

 

On the other hand, Nazca is also an archaeological culture and its most important vestiges are the traces made in the Nazca pampas. Its scientific discoverer was the German archeologist Federico Max Uhle, between 1900 and 1901.

Finally, Nazca is also a Peruvian city, capital of the homonymous province of Nazca, at 520 meters above sea level. Other tourist attractions of Nazca are the subterranean aqueducts of Cantollac, los Paredones (big walls), Cahuchi ceremonial center of the ancient Nazcas, with two stepped pyramids of adobe, Chauchilla Cemetery, Cerro Blanco and the Municipal Museum.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Nazca & Palpa lines

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Nazca city, South Pan-American Highway, Pampas of Nazca and Palpa, Perú

  • Monday to sunday; from 07h00 to 16h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Nazca city - 7km - 4miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Lima city´s airport - 456km - 286miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

• Kind:

RURAL

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

520

• Altitude meters:

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

• Type:

1707

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

48

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Experiential journey.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

SPECIALIZED:​

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

  • National Protected Area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • Basic flyover the Nazca Lines in a small plane is USD $ 80, for 35 minutes.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Light and comfortable clothing.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Binoculars.

  • A camera, a video camera.

  • A cap or a hat.

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Nazca & Palpa lines

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