Most people visit Nazca for one thing – to see the famous Nazca Lines.
We were two of those people. Yes, we totally jumped on the bandwagon and did what all the other tourists – booked a flight over the lines so we could see them at their best.
And we definitely don’t regret it!
Nazca is close to the south coast of Peru and named after the Nazca people who lived in the area around 2000 years ago. The lines range from simple geometric shapes to complex patterns that resemble animals.
It’s still a bit of a mystery how the Nazca created the lines and why. Some experts believe that the lines were created as symbols for the Nazca gods, others believe they are related to Nazca astronomy.
All we know for sure is, the lines are incredible and definitely worth a trip to Nazca to see them!
We booked our flight through nazcaflights.com and it was really easy to do – we just filled in a booking form, paid the amount online, and had our reservation confirmed. We paid $102 USD per person for the flight, which is more expensive that other companies and if you go direct to the airline rather than through an agency, we heard that you can get a flight for around $80 USD.
Make sure you look into the company beforehand to check that they have a good safety record. Another thing to highlight here is you need to pay an extra airport tax of 30 soles per person (around £8) once you get to the airport.
Credit here has to go to some of our wonderful friends and family who gave us our flight as a wedding gift – Helen, Bridget, Matt, and Rob and Ashlee, thank you so much!
We had been booked with Aero Santos who were really friendly and professional. Our flight was supposed to be at 8:30am but got pushed back an hour, which didn’t really bother us. We’d read online some reviews by people who were annoyed they had to wait, but we were happy that the staff and airport pushed it back to make sure the weather window was ok.
I love flying and was so excited when I saw our plane – it was tiny! Just enough space for the pilot, co-pilot and us in the back. We both had a window seat and the views were just amazing. The landscape around Nazca is beautiful! The co-pilot also took lots of time to explain the lines to us and point them out along the way.
I don’t think we had really realised how incredible the lines would be. We were honestly just amazed the whole time. How the Nazca managed to create these patterns is beyond us!
We loved our flight and are so glad we did it, although we had heard some stories of people being sick. It’s not a smooth flight but that’s mainly to make sure you see everything. It didn’t bother us at all but then neither of us tend to get travel sick, and as an extra precaution we took a travel sickness pill beforehand.
If you would rather not fly, there is a viewpoint where you can see some of the lines. We didn’t go there but I think it’s on the highway that cuts through the lizard.
So what else is there to do in Nazca?
We only really had one full day in Nazca but we were quite surprised by how much we managed to pack in. After the flight in the morning we visited the Museo Arqueologico Antonini, which was only a 5 minute walk from our hostel and had lots of information about the Nazca Lines and the Nazca culture. There was a good guidebook in English and lots of artefacts that were found during excavations, including some pretty well preserved human skulls (that freaked us out a bit) and a recreation of a Nazca grave.
Later in the afternoon we went on a tour with Roy, the guy who ran our hostel, Nanasqa. The tour was a few hours and we visited Nazca aqueducts, the Cahuachi pyramid that housed the religious leaders of the Nazca people, and a cemetery (even more human skulls). We didn’t get a whole lot of information about each place, but it was good to see them and learn a bit more about the Nazca culture.
The actual journey to and from the different places was in Roy’s dune buggy and the experience was…. interesting! Roy’s crazy driving had us bracing ourselves in the back of the buggy but it made for a fun time – we were definitely relieved when we got back in one piece!
He also took us for a bit of sand boarding, which was pretty tame compared to the monster dunes in Huacachina.
All in all, not bad for 60 soles (£15) each! And we got to see a bit more of Nazca apart from just the lines so it was a great day!
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