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Published: November 4th 2018
This is our last tour in Peru and so will be my last blog. All good times come to an end. And so our trip to Peru! But I was waiting for this icing on the cake – Nazca lines! And boy, was I excited! You see, I never got out of my childhood dream of imagining aliens. I loved ET. And I loved to believe that Nazca lines were actually created by the aliens. And I knew I was not thinking rationally…there are many credible theories about who created those lines all over the Nazca Mountains. It didn’t matter to me. I felt it thrilling to imagine that aliens came from the outer space, landed from the spacecraft, created those lines and disappeared. Why? Because I am crazy! So, how could I say Good Bye to Peru without having seen the lines of my childhood dreams! The fascinating Nazca lines!
It was a twin engine 12 seater plane with single seats against each window. So everyone gets a good view and use the photo op of the Nazca lines because that is the main purpose of the flight. Nazca lines and the shapes are better visible from
the sky; they are long lines over the flat rocky surface of the Desert Mountains and some lines are over 1000 ft long. The lines form the images of different objects and shapes – hummingbird, spider, astronauts, just to name a few. The archeologists suggest that these lines were built between 500 BC to 500 AD. There are many theories who built these lines. Locals believe that the ancient aliens visited the Earth, but the archaeologists and academics have different theories. And you know what I would love to believe!!!
The plane started rolling down on the tarmac, the propellers throttled at the full speed. I always find that the smaller aircrafts make more noise; I could hear the engine loud sitting inside the plane; perhaps these twin engine small planes are not as well insulated as the passenger aircrafts, – who knows. The plane took off and soon we flew over the arid landscape of Pisco. It flew for ten minutes when we started seeing the mountains of Nazca spread over miles. The pilot announced in intercom that we were flying over Nazca and the plane made a wider circle over the mountains. OMG…I could see the design
of a spider drawn by multiple straight lines engraved on the flat stony mountains. How did they make such straight lines over such a long distance! It is impossible to visualize the complete image from the ground and they could only be seen from the sky. Then how can one draw them unless supported from the above. Well, they had neither plane nor helicopters those days, forget the walkie-talkie; then how did they do it? Some suggested hot air balloon; others ruled out that theory. Some theorized that they were done by the simple tools. Some even tried to recreate the lines using simple surveying tools. No matter who did those lines and how they did it, they seemed perfect and did not wash away during these years. The area does not get rain and hardly any wind. The extreme dry climate may have helped the lines and figures from being washed away. But why did they do? Well the jury is still out. Like I said, the locals strongly believe, these were not made by the humans but aliens. Whatever the reasons are, viewing them from the air was an amazing experience. Bucket list accomplished!
We landed back
to Pisco after an hour and half journey and it was time to grab a late lunch at Ica. It was a beautiful restaurant reserved for our lunch and we took a leisurely walk down the compound after the lunch. “Lovely, “ I said. The sun was leaning down the west and we knew it was time for us to hit the long road to Lima. We reached Lima at 9:00 pm and straight went to the hotel. We had to catch a 7 am flight the next day and we needed to catch some sleep.
The flights next day back home were fine, but Suman didn’t feel well. The continuous go-go travel style is not for her. Something didn’t click well and she really couldn’t enjoy the trip back; she even let go her favourite Taco platter at the restaurant in the Mexico City Airport that she was longing so much during the layover.
I was looking outside from my window seat in the flight from Mexico City coming home. I was feeling nostalgic.
It has been a hectic seven days trip to Peru. We covered a lot in this short time.
The beauty of the country is unparallel, all the way from the Andes Mountain on one side to the Pacific Coast on the other end, and an arid desert in the south. Sure we missed Lake Titicaca and neither could we make the Amazon trip. But there is always the second time and I would love to set my foot in the country once again. Peruvians are a lovely bunch of people…they went through so many ups and downs in the history, now they want to settle down, prosper and move along with the rest of the world in peace. I always say, a place is characterized by its people, and they are the ones who make you feel home. And the Peruvians sure did! Adios amigo! We will meet again!
The pilot announced landing in the PA system.
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