Nazca and Its Surroundings

Flying over the Nazca lines and going to Macchu Picchu are two "musts” for most of the thousands of visitors who come to Peru.

Visiting the Incas citadel does not present great challenges, the flyby is another matter, especially if you get dizzy relative ease and can’t take intense heat, in which case I recommend a proper dosage of motion sickness pills, ice water, fresh clothes and something to help with the sweet and a couple of plastic bags to stop catastrophe panic attacks which could be cause by minor setback.

If you’re in Ica and travel with just enough time I recommend taking the 7pm bus after the tour of the Huacachina sandboxes at 4pm ending around 6pm. You’ll get there past 9pm to Nazca and will buy your airline tickets at that time, but if you want to ensure you get the tickets, you can book days ahead most travel agencies, or on the

internet, increasing the likelihood of getting on the plane when you want to and not when the agencies decide for you.

Think that between June and September the flow of visitors increases significantly. You can change the day of the overflight if you manage to change it 24 hours before the date printed on the ticket purchased. In low season
changes allowed one day in advance, get the facts when making your purchase.

We stayed at Casa Hacienda Nasca Oasis, at a very good value. A newly established hotel inspired by the ancient houses of the Spanish colonial era. Its facilities are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, wifi, pool. American breakfast is included. The single room costs $60 (US Dollars)

A brief history story

Nazca society spread its hegemony to Chincha , Ayacucho and Arequipa between the first century A.D. A.C. and SVII A vast expanse of 250km and 550km north south direction approx. Around the current town of Nazca a settlement occurred which is considered one of the most pre-Inca societies whose remains are still preserved today. It was a society of farmers and craftsmen built on the banks of the Rio Grande and its tributaries due to significant flow created by the melting of the Andean Cordillera during the three summer months and especially to the construction of a network of known underground aqueducts with the name ” Puquios ” in order to use water from rivers that flow from the deeper layers of the subsoil.

The Nazca dug holes more than two meters deep, drilled as a conical galleries along the route of the underground aqueducts to maintain adequate pressure and ensure a steady flow. A masterpiece of hydraulic engineering that allowed them to live under the harsh sun and wind in one of the driest deserts in the world. The cantalloc aqueducts are in perfect conditions to visits, there is parking and vigilantes that take care of these wonders of the ancient technique of water.

The Nazcas have been recognised for being great potters. They made polychrome clay vessels and musical instruments like drums. A technique that was recovered in the middle of the last century by Andrés Calle Flores in the museum workshop near the airport in Nazca after years of research of the pieces made by their ancestors.
Inherited and explained with great passion for his son today. Open to the public.

Chauchilla is the only one of more than fifty necropolis of the Nazca preserved and guarded by public institutions for preservation of national heritage. A cemetery where you can see more than ten “open graves” and how they buried their dead thanks to an excellent archaeological restoration of the cemetery.

The administrative and ceremonial centre of Cahuachi housed the military and religious of the time attributed to the creation of theNazca Lines and the rest. Adobe buildings can be visited today about 30km from the village. This citadel is considered one of the largestin the Andean world with 24km squares. Open to the public.

The Nazcans were invaded by the Wari society, in the area of the highlands between Ayacucho and the Altiplano. Studies reveal that its imperialist expansion occurred due to food shortages after the agrarian crises in the area. A stronger and trained in military techniques conquest of territories of the time that years later succumbed to the invasion Inca people.