CNN in español recently published an article on the Nazca lines in Peru, showcasing their enigmatic ways and zoomorphic figures. The sumptuous archaeological site is located on Panamericana Sur Highway, approximately 400 kilometers south of Lima, the Peruvian capital. CNN offered suggestions for visitors, a brief history of the lines, as well as outlining the major theories of the Nazca line purpose. One example, the Lady of Nazca, portrayed the lines as enormous solar and lunar calendars.
The Nazca Lines are mysterious symbols carved into the ground possibly thousands of years ago. The lines are not too deep (15 to 30 cm) and most are not very wide. However, they create massive pictures that cannot be noticed from ground level. From above, it is clear that these are not random lines, but intelligent designs.
The CNN article points out that more tourists visit Lima and Machu Picchu than the Nazca lines, despite the lines peculiarity. Unfortunately, due to climate changes and increased tourism, the Nazca lines may disappear. Thus, it is encouraged that tourists to visit the Nazca lines while tourists are in Peru.
Toribio Mejia Xespe was the first to discover the Nazca lines in 1927. Further, in 1938, Paul Kosok conducted a series of investigations, which propelled more research. In 1946 Maria Reiche began studying the lines and continued to do so until her death in 1998.
For tourists, there are two main options to view the lines. Climbing ‘El Mirador’ is one option. The visitors can view the tree and the hands, along with other figures in the desert.
The second option is flying. Tourists can fly over the geoglyphs. Nazca’s Maria Reiche Airport provides 30-minute tours to marvel at the images.
The Nazca Lines were nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 17, 1994.
For more information about the flight over the Nazca Lines, contact the travel agency.