04/07/2008 - 04/07/2008
Before Joanna flew home, we spent a day in Ica and Nazca, where we went to see the famous Nazca Lines.
The Nazca Lines are a series of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, which stretches 53 miles between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. They were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and AD 700. There are hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fishes, sharks, llamas and lizards.
No one knows why the Nazcans created the lines...it´s still a mystery today.
It´s amazing how clearly you can see some of the lines, and it´s only when you´re in the air that you realize just how huge these geoglyphs are. Here are the spaceman, the monkey, and the hummingbird:
After the 30 minute flight, we hopped on a bus and visited a museum, a real desert oasis, and then had lunch at a fancy schmancy resort where we relaxed by the pool.
Finally, at around 4pm, we flew back to Lima.