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On the vast desert etched with enigmatic figures were hard to see, the Nazca Lines.

Nazca lines, or geoglyphs, are massive mysterious drawings on the desert plateaus of Peru that have been talked about since the 1920s when airplanes began to fly between Lima and the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa.

The geoglyphs are diverse, from trapezoids, rectangles and triangles among other geometrical figures until naturalist and abstract such as hands and spirals, going through animals, humans and plants.

The Nazca Lines was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1994).

Nazca has comfortable hotels, restaurants, craft centers, important archaeological sites and much more ....

Sights and Attractions in Nazca

Nazca Lines - World Heritage Site

The best way to appreciate the lines is to get a bird's-eye view from overflight. These famous huge geoglyphs are located in Pampa Jumana, at about 450 meters above the sea level, in a plain arid zone or esplanade. An enormous network of lines and drawings of animals and plants, attributed to the Nazca culture, covering an area of approximately 350 Km² (135 sq. miles). Some of the best drawings depict hummingbirds, dogs, monkeys and "chaucato", long-tailed mockingbirds. The German María Reiche dedicated 50 years to studying and researching the site and reached the conclusion that it was an astronomical calendar. From a 12-meter (39 feet) viewpoint, the figures of the hand and the tree can be partially observed. However, to fully appreciate the drawings, the area must be flown over by plane. The Nazca Lines were declared a World Heritage Site (UNESCO - 1994).

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Nazca City

(Sometimes spelled Nasca) The city was founded in 1591 by the Spaniards, is located over an oasis valley, surrounded by huge dunes as Cerro Blanco. It's a small city with basic services, its population is engaged mainly in agriculture and trade. In the city you can locate the Antonini Museum, Maria Reiche Planetarium and Maria Reiche Site Museum. Comfortable hotels, restaurants, craft centers and from the airfield to take a plane flight to see the Nazca Lines and Palpa lines.

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Archaeological places around Nazca City

Near to Nazca City is located Cahuachi, the main urban center and capital of the Nazca culture, a ceremonial center, a sacred destination of Nazca pilgrims between 100 and 500 AD, with large ceremonial pyramids. Also archaeological complexes as Estaquería, Paredones, Chauchilla Cemetery, the aqueducts of Cantayoc, the hydraulic engineering masterpiece and that are still in operation. Near to Nazca have discovered more than 600 geoglyphs around Palpa town and named Palpa lines, located in Kilometer marker 400 of the South Pan-American Highway.

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Around Nazca City

Interesting places to visit as Pampa Galeras National Reserve, a natural protected area for the protection of the vicuña and chaccu ceremony. San Fernando extraordinary aquatic ecosystem of great biodiversity. Sacaco is rich in fossils, the Maria Reiche Site Museum, Cerro Blanco the highest sand dune in the world known and excellent place for sandboarding.

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How to travel to Nazca

The traditional way of reaching Nazca City is by bus from Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Paracas or Ica.

The airfield of Nazca has no regular flights.

Our recommendation for those visiting Cuzco and Nazca is a travel by bus from Lima to Cuzco (or vice verse) with intermediate stop in Nazca, make the overflight and then continue the trip.

Another option is a combined tour Nazca and Paracas from Lima.

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Location of Nazca City

Central coast, 1,929 feet / 588 m.a.s.l.
Plain desert.

Population of Nazca

25,000 inhabitants

Distances to Nazca

  • From Lima: 286 miles (460 Km)
  • From Cuzco: 412 miles (662 Km)
  • From Arequipa: 348 miles (560 Km.)
  • From Paracas: 127 miles (205 Km.)
  • From Ica: 84 miles (135 Km)

Weather - Climate of Nazca

Nazca is one of the driest places in the world with average annual precipitation up to a meager 4 millimeters.

Nazca's weather is controlled by the Humboldt Current which carries water from Antarctica up the west coast of South America.

Nazca temperatures range from 10˚C to 32˚C with an average daily high of 21˚ Celsius.

Summer months (November to March) are characteristically dry, sunny, and hot. During the winter (June to August) fog from the coast rolls over the hills to keep temperatures in the moderate range, however the intense sun makes daylight hours seem warmer than the registered temperature.


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