Unravel the mystery behind the Nazca Lines...

  • Hummingbird
    Hummingbird

    Nazca lines

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    Good visibility

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

  • Nazca |
    Nazca |

    Even better visibility!

  • Sapa Pana Travel car trip South America
    Sapa Pana Travel car trip South America

    This picture was taken during the Volvo Classics Panamericana 2011/12 © Thijs Heslenfeld

  • Nazca |
    Nazca |

    Figures

  • Puquios aqueduct
    Puquios aqueduct

    An old system of aqueducts

  • Nazca | Chauchilla
    Nazca | Chauchilla

  • Nazca | Chauchilla
    Nazca | Chauchilla

  • Nazca | Chauchilla
    Nazca | Chauchilla

The small town of Nazca has become world famous because of the culture of the same name, whose people have drawn life-sized figures in the dry landscape. 
These figures and lines, which can only be seen from the sky, date back to the sixth century BC. This place has been added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1994 because of the special Nazca lines. 

Chauchilla cemetery

When you visit the Nazca Lines, you should definitely pay a visit to the Chauchilla cemetery too. Here you will find mummies, naturally mummified by the dry circumstances. The cemetery was discovered around 1920. The graveyard, it turned out, hadn’t been used since the 9th century AD. It is an important source for archaeology and the unravelling of the Nazca culture. After its discovery the graveyard was plundered and the human bones and stoneware were scattered across the area. As of 1997 this site has been named a ‘protected area’ by the Peruvian government. Since then, tourists pay an entrance fee (around € 5) to visit the site.

Puquios

Close to the city of Nazca you’ll also find Puquios; an old system of aqueducts. Of the 36 Puquios, a large number is still intact. The total number of Puquios has never been mapped, nor have they all been dug up. There is a lot of discussion on when these aqueducts were actually built. Many archaeologists claim that they were built by Pre-Colombian Nazca architects around the year 540 AD. There are also historians that argue that these aqueducts were built by the Spaniards. In the book ‘Irrigation and society in the Peruvian desert’ by Katharina Schreiber and Josue Lancho Rojas, they try to prove that the Puquios were built by a pre-Spanish civilization.

 

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