Peru, a trending destination amongst the discerning travellers is known for its 15th century Inca citadel – Machu Picchu. However, it has many unexplored destinations like Nazca Lines – a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands.
The growing lust for travelling has resulted into discerning travellers looking for unexplored places. And amongst such destinations, Peru offers a wide spectrum of opportunities, right from sight-seeing to gastronomy, everything is new and enticing. It is a country blessed with rich culture, mesmerising beauty and breathtaking adventure sites. While Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres above sea level, is one of the major highlights of the trip of South America but there is much more to explore in Peru beyond this place.
Nazca Lines, a heritage site
Nazca Lines, a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands, is amongst the top 10 places to visit in Peru. The Nazca Lines were declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.
Nazca Lines were drawn on the surface between the period 550 – 600 A.D. These are amongst archaeology’s enigma owing to its size, continuity, nature and quality. Geographers have depicted them to be the living creatures, imaginary beings, stylised plants and also many kilometres long geometric figures. These lines are associated with some astronomical functions. These images on the ground are so big in size that the best way to get a full view of them is overflying them.
Flying over Nazca Lines may leave you spellbound as they glare at the perfect shapes of a spider, a lizard, different kinds of birds like humming birds, sea birds, a monkey, a whale and even spot the design of powerful Andean Condor. The planes that are used to take tourists fly over Nazca are of the optimum standard and can accommodate 4-12 passengers with a pilot and co-pilot. The tour departs from the Maria Reiche Airport that is located in Nazca itself. The daily flights, however, that operate all year round flights, are subjected to weather conditions. Nazca Lines are amongst the most prevailing mysteries of the Peruvian history, making it an experience to be cherished lifelong.
You can reach Nazca by bus from Pisco and Lima. The bus journey from Pisco takes about 3.30 hours and from Lima it takes about 6 hours to reach Nazca. You can even take regular daily flights via LC Perú Lima – Pisco – Lima and continue with your journey. During the peak season, from June to September, the tour must be booked two weeks prior to the travel date to get confirmed seats.
While in Peru
Tourists can enjoy a boat ride in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world; enjoy a fancy picnic in the middle of the dessert in Paracas, under the spectacular star-filled sky; visit the Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, the deepest canyons in the world; fishing piranhas in the Amazon River, the mightiest river in the world; or experience the modern lifestyle sightseeing in the streets of Lima, the only capital in South America facing the Pacific Ocean. The uniqueness in the landscape, the people and the rich experience here makes Peru one of the most extra-ordinary destinations to visit.