General San Martin (Pisco), Peru
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa
"Located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima, the geoglyphs of Nasca and the pampas of Jumana cover about 450 km2. These lines, which were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs depict living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures several kilometres long. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions."
Head to Pisco's airport for the flight of a lifetime. You'll take off and chart a course over the desert, in the direction of the world-famous and utterly mysterious Nazca Lines. These are an amazing series of drawings of animals, geometric figures, and birds on the desert floor and on hillsides, ranging up to 1,000 feet in size.
Believed to have been scratched on the surface of the dry Peruvian coastal plain between 500 BC and AD 500, the lines remain one of the greatest enigmas in the field of archaeology. Your flight over this astonishing wonder lasts approximately 1½ hours.
Although there are land-based viewpoints from which to view the lines, the full impact of these mysterious drawings can only be fully appreciated from the air. This, of course, raises the question, why is would the Nazca people create pictures best viewed from above if they had no way to view them that way themselves? Who were the lines for, and what was their purpose and meaning?
Preserved for an estimated 2,000 years on this desert crust, the lines have prompted many theories. Are they the remnants of a fun and practical pre-Inca irrigation system? Were they a plea from the ancient Peruvians to the gods for help with their farming? Or do they signal some kind of extra-terrestrial intervention or communication -- if you're able to reach a logical conclusion, you'll need to let the scientific community know.
After a short break at the airport, re-board the coach and transfer back to the ship.
Please note: Minimum age is 4 years. Due to the popularity of this tour and strict booking conditions, cancellations fees start 5 days prior to the call at General San Martin. All participants and carry-on items are weighed at the airport. Guests weighing 240 lbs or more will pay an additional surcharge over the published fare. The tour operator will endeavor to be discreet during the weighing process, but please be aware that circumstances may not allow for complete privacy. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.