After our visit to the dead, we arrive in the city of Nazca in the afternoon. We stay the night there to visit the famous lines the next morning. We spontaneously decide to accept an offer to fly a plane over the famous Nazca Lines to see them with our own eyes.
The alternatives would be to fly the drone or use an observation tower, and not all figures carved in the sand can be seen that way. And a flight is an interesting change.
It is no problem to arrange the whole thing quickly. After breakfast, an airport taxi comes, which we don’t need, but we follow the nice man with our car if he has already come here specially.
Sara will take a flight first while I amuse the heir to the throne, and then we’ll take turns. The fun costs $120 per nose.
It’s Sara’s first flight in a small plane, but she comes back excited. However, instead of 35 minutes only after 95 minutes. Leon struggles with the tiredness in my arms. Then it’s my turn. Security check, passport control – apparently we have to fly to another country first. Then it’s off to the runway and we’re allowed to take photos of the machine and the cheerful co-pilot.
Everyone gets a certificate for the glorious completion of a Nazca flight, on which our route is also marked, as well as a seat. No need to fight with the other tourists from Lima, that’s good.
I put on the headphones and off we go. The flights only go in the morning, as the winds increase sharply at noon. But it’s almost twelve o’clock and we’re being shaken up. We fly north and circle left and right over the figures representing the Nazca Nation whose deceased we saw at Chauchilla. Some say that these ancient people were already best friends with aliens, more serious theories say that these geoglyphs are something like open-air temples for their deities, whose likeness was painted on the sand so that the gods could see them.
With extra thick arrows and lines to make it easier for the gods to answer prayers and finally make it rain. Didn’t help though, a few droughts in a row seem to have killed the nation. So the lines in the ground can be seen as an act of desperation. If the theory is correct.
Among the figures there are the hummingbird, the spider, the monkey, the cat, the condor, the whale, the lizard, the tree, the hands, but also geometric shapes such as squiggles and arrows, which for some can be interpreted as runways and a human figure waving is quickly associated with an astronaut.
The Peruvians don’t seem to care all that much about the lines, apart from attracting tourists. The Panamericana cuts through the middle of the “lizard”.
The lines are not the only thing the Nazca people left for us. Next we will visit their pyramid!