NAZCA

Nazca (sometimes spelled Nasca) is the name of a system of valleys on the southern coast of Peru, and the name of the region's largest existing town in the Nazca Province. It is also the name applied to the Nazca culture which flourished in the area between 300 BC and AD 800. They were responsible for the Nazca Lines and the ceremonial city of Cahuachi; they also constructed an impressive system of underground aqueducts named Puquios, which still function today.

It is located 450km south of Lima, in a narrow valley at an elevation of 520m. Nazca and the district of Vista Alegre form a single urban core to be both practically united into the city (38000 inhabitants approximately).

Nazca is a very active city, due to the influx of tourists who visit daily the ancient Nazca Lines, and also by the increase in mining development, agriculture and trading. Mysterious Nazca, a city full of contrasts through the years, has undergone seismic events of magnitude, the November 12, 1996, a 6.8 quake, centered in the Pacific Ocean (Marcona), severely impacted the city and more than 8000 buildings collapsed and 1600 people were injured.

RECOMMENDED TOURS IN NAZCA

NAZCA LINES OVERFLIGHT
Flight over the Nazca Pampa, which shelters enigmatic lines drawn in the desert, they were used by former Peruvians to represent altars and dedicate rituals and sacrifices to the gods.

  • Duration 
  • Two hours
  • Activity Type
  • Culture and adventure
  • Transport 
  • Bus and plane
  • Level 
  • Easy

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CANTALLO AQUEDUCTS
See and walk down to working water channels accessed by spiraling wells.

  • Duration 
  • Half day
  • Activity Type
  • Culture and adventure
  • Transport 
  • Bus and plane
  • Level 
  • Easy

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