Nasca Lines

nasca plane

In 1939 North American scientist Paul Kosok flew across the desert and stumbled upon one of ancient Peru’s most impressive and mysterious achievements – the Nasca Lines, now a Unesco World Heritage Site.  Spread across 500 sq km the Nasca Lines form a network of over 800 lines, 300 geoglyphs and 70 biomorphs.  The lines were made by removing sun-darkened stones from the surface of the desert to expose the lighter soil below.  It is theororized that the lines were created by the Paracas and Nasca cultures between 900 BC and AD 600, though no one really knows for sure.  The lines and figures are so large and spread out that they can only be properly viewed and appreciated from the air.  We took an overflight tour of the lines in a small aircraft.  For Carlos who’s always dreamed of being a pilot, the flight itself was the highlight of the tour, especially since he was fortunate enough to be seated up front next to the pilot.  Viewing the lines was just an added bonus.  These are a couple of the photos I took from the air:


If you look closely you can see the outline of a monkey with a spiraling tail.


And this design is called the condor.


1 Response to “Nasca Lines”

  1. 1 Andrew Petcher August 8, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I read a book about this once and since then it has been on my wish list of places to visit and things to see

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