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Aug 15, 2008 - Bus to Nazca

Today I spent pretty much all day on the bus on my way to Nazca. It was about an 8 hr trip down the Pacific coast through the desert. There wasn´t really a whole lot to see, because unlike Arizona, I could´t really see much diversity of plants. In fact, sometimes there were no plants visible at all. But occasionally there would be a small town right on the road, so the things I did see were pretty foreign to me, and I didn´t understand. First off, I didn´t see how those people could survive where they were. What kind of work did they do....

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Aug 9, 2008 - Nazca - Arequipa

Ordered breakfast for 7.30am this morning and didnt get it until 8.15am! Tut tut! We then got a bus to an ancient cemetary! Lots of open tombs etc. Then went to a pottery place to learn about ancient Peruvians (Incas etc.) and pottery stuff. We were then meant to be booked onto a light aircraft flight over the Nazca lines. We were booked for around 1.30pm but Sarah didnt fly until around 3pm and I went alone on a 4.05pm flight. Sarah found the experience a little stomach-churning but she was glad she did it. We are hoping to attach some...

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Jul 17, 2008 - Nazca

Next we visit one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The lines consist of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Some of the lines measure up to 10 km (32 miles) in length, and yet remain perfectly straight. The depictions of birds, insects and animals are only recognizable from the air. Who drew the lines, and why, is something modern archaeologists can only theorize about, but current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar. At...

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Jul 17, 2008 - Nazca Continued

Our hotel in Nazca is surrounded by a wall and down a long, potholed, dirt road. The road seemed so "sketchy" we weren't sure we were going the right way or if we would end up on the nightly news! We are so glad we have a guide! We woke early to go to a pre-Incan cemetary. The guide says that it only rains once every couple of years here, which made the conditions perfect for preserving the buried relics and remains. We saw several mummies buried several thousand years ago. The Nazca buried their dead in the fetal position to symbolize that...

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Jul 16, 2008 - Nazca

This morning we awoke to a cat meowing so loudly that I could sleep no longer. IT doesn´t help that the walls are all paper thin. We got breakfast at the hotel and got on a bus to head to Nazca with stops along the way. Our first stop was in Paracas so we could board a small boat to the Islas Ballestas. We stopped in the bathrooms first which were hysterical. First of all they are so tiny that I couldn´t bend my knees, secondly no T.P.(glad I brought my own), thirdly no seats, and last but certainly not least, no T.P. in the toilet...it has...

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Jul 6, 2008 - Nazca

When we arrived at pisco we satyed the night, it was really run down after an earthquake, the roads were just dust tracks and the holw city was grey. A real eye opener. We had dinner at the hotel and had a few drinks. Every night we have dinner with the group which is fun. We had to leave at 7 in the morning to go an island of the coast. Here we saw wild penguins, sea lions and loadsa birds. This as fun and we saw baby sea lions swimming in the sea. Then we drove for a few hours (in one the luxury buses ha) and went to these amazing sand...

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Jul 6, 2008 - Nazca - Peru

Saa er vi i Nasca! Vi ankom igaar kl.6 om morgenen, fandt et hostel, og bookede pladser til en flyvetur af ham gutten der hentede os ved busterminalen. Da vi ikke kunne flyve samme dag (pga daarligt vejr), tog vi hen til et sandboardturistinformationssted, og fik saa afvide at vi koerte 2 timer senere! Saa vi brugte lige to timer paa at sidde paa den lokale plads og spise avocado-mader. MUMS! Tiden gik, og vi skulle afsted, uden egentlig at vide hvad det gik ud paa. LIGE inden vi tog afsted kom Cynthia ind af doeren, og kom saa med i samme...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Day 4: Nasca

We set off the next day to see the Nasca lines. Now the only thing to see in Nasca (apart from the mummies at the historic Chauchilla cemetery ) are the world famous Nasca lines. The only way to see the lines fully is by plane and these are run by a local outfit. Our tour company GAP had not included the flights as part of the tour package but had it down as an optional activity. Where I feel they botch things up is by not taking those not opting for the flight to the viewing tower which offers the only alternative to the flight. Having...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Apr 16, 2008 - Nasca and its enigmatic desert lines

Nasca was a bit of a shock after the north of Peru! There are many more tourists here, and a lot of local people speak English, but they seem jaded by tourists and the school kids taunt instead of wanting to chat - not the friendly Peru we were used to! Luckily tho, although our couch surfing contact, who we'd hoped to stay with, was unable to be in Nasca, he left us in his friend José's very capable and friendly hands! We arrived early on our 2nd night bus in a row, so started the day with a snooze! Feeling more human, we were having an...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Nasca

Friday – we were picked up by our guide at 7:45. On our way to the local airport we stopped in Nasca’s main square to look at the statue of Maria Reiche who spent 50 years researching the Nasca Lines. In the square they have small scale replicas of each of the figures we were going to see from the air. I took a picture of each in case I missed them from the air when we flew over the Lines. At 8.30 I went up with 2 other guys and a pilot. We spent 30 minutes flying over the Lines banking and wheeling while we took photos of the figures on...

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Mar 26, 2008 - Nazca

The small town of Nazca is famous for the mysterious Nazca Lines, thought to have been created between 900BC and 600AD. The desert area is marked by numerous straight lines and geometric patterns as well as figures of animals, birds, etc. The best way to view the lines is supposed to be by air, but Jan didn´t fancy a trip in a six seater Cessna (far too scary!) so we went (via the pan American highway which runs through the site!) to the nearby hills and viewing platform where we were able to see three of the figures and some of the other...

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Feb 12, 2008 - Lima to Nazca

Yesterday was arrival day at the Hotel Embajadores for our Gap Adventure Tour around Southern Peru. We were staying across the street at the Hotel Ducado since our arrival in Lima, so it was easy for us to pick up our bags and simply walk them across to our tour's joining hotel. In the evening we met out tour leader, Enrique who lives in Arequipa, a small city of one million people that we will be visiting as we make our way around the southern half of Peru. Our tour group had seven other passengers besides ourselves, five of whom we met...

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