Nazca (pop. 30,000), located 280 mi. south of Lima and 100 mi. from Ica, is the most popular departure point for over flights over the famous Nazca Lines. The giant ground drawings are one of South America’s most perplexing archaeological riddles, and one of the world’s most beautiful works of art. Just outside the city, etched upon Peru’s vast, barren Nazca plains, are hundreds of long, ruler straight lines, immense geometric symbols and giant geoglyphs mainly representing curious birds and animals. The lines are best appreciated on daily “flightseeing” trips from Nazca’s small airstrip. Flights are also offered from Ica and Lima.
Best time to go
Like all inland southern Peru, Nazca is a year ‘round destination characterized by clear skies and hot temperatures averaging 86°F. Temperature variations are barely significant throughout the year, and there is little rainfall.
What to do
• Nazca: Over flights of the enigmatic Nazca Lines operate daily
• Maria Reiche Museum: History and lore of the Nazca Lines.