Nazca

Nazca is a city and a system of valleys on the southern coast of Peru, it is also the name applied to the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 300 and 800 years BC. They were responsible for the Nazca Lines and the ceremonial city of Cahuachi; they also constructed an impressive system of underground aqueducts to water their crops. The remains of these have been preserved and are still in use.

However, undoubtedly the most outstanding point about this place is the 32 gigantic and mysterious line drawings marked out on the desert plains, The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1,939 by the American archaeologist, Paul Kosok. Nazca is one of the most desirable places for researchers and tourists due to all the history and mystery found in the zone.

Nazca Highlights

  • Design Your Trip to NazcaThe Nazca Lines: They are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 650 BC. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards.
  • The Palpa Lines: According to archaeologists, the Palpa Lines belong to a period much older than the Nazca Lines. Many figures such as the representation of a pelican, can be seen by air. Also in this area stands out a group of human images known as The Family. At the foot hill, near these strange beings there is a huge trapezoid that resembles an air strip. You will also be able to see other figures such as the humming bird, the dog and a marine bird.
  • Our Selected Itineraries for NazcaCerro Blanco: It’s a dune that is located in the Nazca Valley and has a height of 6,817 feet. For this reason is considered the highest dune in the world! Visitors can enjoy a beautiful natural landscape, surrounded by dunes on a whim, which offer the perfect setting to practice Sandboarding. This is an impressive landscape where you can enjoy a wonderful sunset, a starry sky at night and a beautiful sunrise in the morning.
  • Cahuachi: About 2500 years ago, this town was established on the banks of Rio Grande, in Nazca province. This settlement eventually became the pre-Inca civilization of Nazca, where the villagers were outstanding warriors, merchants and fishermen but worked mainly in ceramics which have been classified as the Best Ceramic Painters in pre-Columbian America.
  • The Archaeological Chauchilla Cemetery: It’s located approximately 17 miles southeast of the city of Nazca, on the right bank of the valley Las Trancas. The Chauchilla necropolis is one of the largest cemeteries in the different cultures that archaeologists found in the valleys of Nazca, which graves date from 1,000 years BC, and belong to the Ica-Chincha Empire.