Flying over the Nasca lines was the thing I wasn’t sure was worth the money, but was so glad that we did.
When we were planning our trip I wasn’t sure whether we should spend the extra money to go flying over the Nasca lines. But I am glad we did, because it is spectacular to see these big creations in full view. Especially knowing how old they are, and that they have survived.
The Nasca lines are a number of straight lines, geometric figures and animal and plant figures created in the desert sand. They are thought to be form around 400-600 AD and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The lines have been made by removing the small pebbles and exposing the lighter ground beneath. The reason they have survived for so long is because of the climate and weather in the region. There is little rain and hardly any wind, which has protected them until now.
We had booked our tour before hand with AeroParacas, and did the traditional tour, though they also have a longer tour that takes you by more of the figures. They were really great at being flexible. We arrived at Nazca the morning before we had our overflight, and were told that we could go up the same afternoon if we wanted. Our original time in the morning might be pushed because of the morning mist, that had been there the previous days. So we went the same afternoon, which gave us some free time the following day.
We got to the small airport, which has several airlines that fly over. We paid the airport tax (30 soles per person), which is for using the airport. We then got weighed, before we sat down to wait for our plane to be ready. We didn’t get a time for how long it would be, so we walked around a bit and looked at the little shops outside. When it was finally time, we had our passports and cameras, and left our backpacks behind. We got through security, and then on to our plane. It was a small 6 passenger plane, where we were instructed which seat we should get in. Have to distribute the weight properly.
They fly so that both sides get to get a proper view, circling first to one side and then to the other. So if you are one who get motion sickness, you will want to take something for that beforehand. While we took photos, we also just sat and enjoyed the view of the figures and also the area in general. There is something spectacular about seeing the world form above.
The traditional overflight is about 30 minutes long and takes you by some of the most well-known figures. While one pilot flies, the other will tell you where to look. The only one we hardly got to see was the figure called the dog. It was also one of the small ones. How the light lands on the ground also means a lot for how well you can see the lines. Sometimes the lines were more visible or clear than others, thanks to the sunlight.
We got a little certificate afterwards, which shows the route and figures we saw on the tour. The same picture with the route was also in the plane, so we had an idea what we were looking for.