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The Nazca Lines

The Nazca Plane, Peru © Brattarb
The Nazca Plane, Peru © Brattarb

Nazca is a small desert town in southern Peru, famous for the mysterious lines and diagrams etched into the surrounding desert floor thousands of years ago. Visitors will also find interesting museums and archaeological sites, including the Chauchilla Cemetery where 12 exposed underground tombs contain skeletons and preserved mummies. The town's main attraction is an aerial flight over the Nazca Lines, which are spread over miles of the region's vast desert terrain. The dimensions of these enormous figures, spirals and geometric designs are so large that the only way to view them is from the air. Pilots will point out animal representations such as the Condor, Spider and Hummingbird and the unusual character known as the Astronaut.