THE 2000 YEARS OLD UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: “THE NAZCA LINES “.

Located in the Peruvian coastal plain about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Lima. Created by the ancient Nazca culture in South America, and depicting various plants, animals, and shapes, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size.

The lines are known as geoglyphs, drawings on the ground made by removing rocks and earth to create a “negative” image. Because there’s so little rain, wind and erosion, the exposed designs have stayed largely intact for 500 to 2000 years. Despite being studied for over 80 years, the geoglyphs, which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, are still a mystery to researchers.

The purpose of the lines remains a matter of conjecture. Ancient Nazca culture was prehistoric, which means they left no written records. One idea is that they are linked to the heavens with some of the lines representing constellations in the night sky. Another idea is that the lines play a role in pilgrimage or are connected with water, something vital to life yet hard to get in the desert, and may have played a part in water-based rituals.

In the absence of a firm archaeological conclusion a number theories have popped up, such as the idea that the Nazca people used balloons to observe the lines from up high, something which there is no archaeological evidence for.

Here at Via Natura, we offer a guided flight tour above the Nazca Lines, through the archaeological treasure that are this geoglyphs , piloted by the most experienced captains of the area, crossing the lines for approximately 45 minutes, observing the most amazing geoglyphs and learning about the Nazca culture. You can live first hand this experience, from: Nazca, Ica or Pisco, this is something you will never regret doing, when visiting Peru.

We really encourage travelers from all around the world to visit Peru and do not miss this great opportunity, during your visit to Lima or Machu Picchu, you can make a stop and go on a journey through the ancient Nazca culture and get to see with your own eyes what have become one of the most mysterious tourism attractions in the world.

If you are interested about tours to the Nazca Lines, we recommend to look our Nazca Lines over flight tours. For more information contact us at (593) 2 600-5011, send an email to info@vianatura.com, or visit our web page www.vianatura.com .

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