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Published: February 11th 2011
Dried up river in Nazca
This señora is asking for a toll as locals cross her bridge. If you don't pay, you have to get your feet wet!
So, we spent a few days in the Nazca area! Nazca is in a baking hot part of the northern Atacama desert. Our daily highs were well into the 30s and it was super dry! The whole area has a lot of history, the main attraction of the area is the mysterious Nazca Lines. About 300 or so figures were etched into the desert sands about 1200 - 1500 years ago by the Nazca people (Pre-Inca). The figures range in size from about 25 metres across to over 250 metres across. Perfect images of hummingbirds, spiders, trees, other animals and fish and even human figures. What makes them mysterious is the fact that they can only be seen from the air. From ground level they are hardly visible, and as a result were undiscovered until a German fellow randomly flew over at low altitude in the 1920s and noticed them. There are also a lot of ancient aquaducts built by the same people and many grave sites have been found with a surprisingly high number of well preserved mummies and human remains. In fact there are bone chips and cotton remains scattered on the surface of the sand everywhere
We quickly visited Lima again but then headed swiftly northbound to Quito, Ecuador. This is our departure point for our five week Amazon Rainforest Expedition.
We may not have a great deal of internet access during this period so our blogs may be few and far between, but we´ll try and keep you updated as much as we can.
Enjoy the pics.
T and D
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