The Nasca Lines
For nearly a century, investigators have studied the purpose behind the enigmatic ancient Nasca Lines etched into the desert. Some perceive them as the world's largest astronomy book, while others view them as a map marking sites of rituals for water and crop fertility. There are even those who interpret them as an extraterrestrial landing field.
Various companies offer overflight services of the Nasca Lines, with departures from Pisco airport near Paracas, Las Dunas aerodrome in Ica, and the majority from Nasca aerodrome.
Overflying the lines provides the best vantage point to admire renowned geoglyphs such as the hummingbird, astronaut, spider, dog, whale, monkey, whale tree, and others.
Aircraft capacity ranges from four to twelve passengers, accompanied by a crew of two (pilot and co-pilot) who also serve as guides, providing instructions and descriptions in English through provided headphones.
While the planes do not perform acrobatics, the sharp turns can cause dizziness. It is recommended to opt for a light meal before the flight.
Individuals with flying issues or prone to motion sickness are advised to consider this alternative. The observation tower stands at a height of 42 feet, featuring easily accessible stairs for climbing.
While you will only witness two geoglyphs (the hand and the tree), this option brings you closer to the ground, encompassed by vast desert plains spanning over 75,000 hectares in one of the world's driest locations.
Your guide will enlighten you about the numerous theories proposed by scientists regarding the purpose behind these geoglyphs crafted by the ancient Nasca people two millennia ago.