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Nazca, Peru - Alien Mummy, Nazca Lines, Geoglyphs & Aqueducts

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2009 May 2010 June 2012   » View Photoset (40 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
NEWS: In July 2017 alien mummies were uncovered in a tomb in Nazca!

I have been to many places in Peru
Peru Photo - Rock hills between Ica and Nazca.
Rock hills between Ica and Nazca.
more than once and Nazca is one such place. I do different things each time I pass through.

Accommodation and Tours

Once when I arrived in Nazca from Ica, at the bus terminal I was approached immediately by people offering accommodation and tours to the Nazca lines. I decided to stay at a hostel across the road from the terminal and didn't rush into any decisions about tours. Tours including going up in a small plane to view the Nazca lines for $50-80USD were offered but I had heard from other travelers that you still couldn't see them that clearly unless it is a super fine and clear day.

Necropolis de Chauchilla

I decided to create my own tour of Nazca and go to a few places by taxi the next day. I wanted to go to the Necropolis de Chauchilla which is about
Peru Photo - Close up of the Nazca Lines.
Close up of the Nazca Lines.
30 minutes from Nazca. It's an ancient cemetery where the dead are on display above the ground in pits. Chauchilla is in an area that is fairly barren with grey mountains and with an eerie feel about it. The taxi cost around 30 Soles and the driver waited for me while I spent about 45 minutes walking around the approx. 10 grave pits. The pits contained many bones, skulls with hair, ribcages and even hands and were laid out in rows and in a family setting.

Aqueducts

After I had finished seeing Chauchilla I asked the taxi to take me to the Aqueducts if I payed him some extra money. I am not exactly sure
Peru Photo - Looking from the top of the Palpa mirador towards the Panamericana near Nazca.
Looking from the top of the Palpa mirador towards the Panamericana near Nazca.
which aqueducts he took me to because there are 4 locations of aqueducts in Nazca - Acueductos de Taruga, Acueductos de Ocongalla, Acueductos de Cantalloc and Acueductos de Orcona, it was one of them. The Aqueducts are ancient spiral shaped stone walkways which spiral around and around and down and down until they get to an underground stream where you access water. There are about 20 aqueducts in the location that I went to just near town. It was a very hot day and the water tasted so cold and fresh! The aqueducts start off small and as you go from one to the next they get larger and larger. There are 2 lines of them in a 'Y' shape, they were built by the Inca civilization. It was actually quite interesting to walk around and inside the aqueducts for nearly an hour and again my taxi waited for me to take me back to Nazca.

Nazca Lines

On my most recent visit to Nazca in mid 2012 I visited the
Peru Photo - The mirador tower 26kms north of Nazca for viewing the Nazca Lines.
The mirador tower 26kms north of Nazca for viewing the Nazca Lines.
mirador tower and finally got to see some Nazca Lines. The views are not bad and you get a pretty good idea of their size and what all the fuss is about. I think that unless you are a fanatic about the Nazca Lines, the mirador is fine and there is no need to get up in a plane. If you do decide to go up in a plane, do not book at a tour office. Make your own way to the airport and pay directly, it will cost less.

Palpa Geoglyphs

Down the road more from the first mirador tower is another mirador in Palpa where you can see a set of restored Geoglyphs. These miradors are several kms out of Nazca (26kms) along the Panamericana highway towards Ica.

More to Do and See

I had checked out of my Nazca hostel and had my backpack and everything with me, it was no problem to do it this way.
Peru Photo - Plaza de Armas, church and hills of Nazca.
Plaza de Armas, church and hills of Nazca.
The Maria Reiche Museum is only a few kms from these mirador towers and can also be seen on the way to Ica. There is a lot more to do and see around Nazca including the Orcona Energy Center, the Colonial Temple at San Jose, the Petroglifos de Quemazon and the San Fernando National Reserve on the coast. Rather than doing tours, it is just as easy and cheaper to decide yourself what you would like to see and go there by taxi in a small group.

The City

Nazca is great if you like archaeology and good restaurants. The city itself has the Plaza de Armas, church Iglesia Virgen de Guadalupe, a bust of military hero Francisco Bolognesi (1816-1880) in a small park and a few wall murals near the bus terminal. I found Avenida Maria Reiche and her statue, she is famous for studying the Nazca lines.

There and Away

I had come to Nazca from Ica on my first occasion with views of vineyards, crop fields, churches and statues. Plus an extended area of mountains with amazing shapes and colors, green valleys with communities and small roadside villages. The most recent time I visited I had come from Atico through Chala in the south by shared taxi (1hr) and shared combi (2hrs). When I left the next day it was 2hrs up to Ica and 2hrs more to Chincha Alta.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Nazca (Peru) to:


Map location: Nazca, Peru. The place to visit for archaeology! You can see the Nazca Lines, Chauchilla Cemetery, Inca Aqueducts, Petroglifos and much more! The town is pretty good and has many hostels, bars and restaurants!
 A : Huacachina / Ica - Peru 121 kms 121 kms straight distance | 2hrs 20mins 2hrs 20mins by car (146 kms) | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by bus (146 kms) (146 kms)
 B : Nazca to Pisco - Peru 119 kms 119 kms straight distance | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by car (188 kms) | 3hrs 51mins 3hrs 51mins by bus (188 kms) (188 kms)
 C : Pisco, Islas Ballestas & Paracas - Peru 185 kms 185 kms straight distance | 3hrs 25mins 3hrs 25mins by car (222 kms) | 4hrs 6mins 4hrs 6mins by bus (222 kms) (222 kms)
 D : Chiclayo to Piura - Peru 203 kms 203 kms straight distance | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by car (249 kms) | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by bus (249 kms) (249 kms)
 E : Ayacucho - Peru 201 kms 201 kms straight distance | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by car (351 kms) | 7hrs 49mins 7hrs 49mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 F : Camana - Peru 309 kms 309 kms straight distance | 5hrs 57mins 5hrs 57mins by car (392 kms) | 7hrs 8mins 7hrs 8mins by bus (392 kms) (392 kms)
 G : Lima - Peru 385 kms 385 kms straight distance | 6hrs 37mins 6hrs 37mins by car (451 kms) | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by bus (451 kms) (451 kms)
 H : Abancay - Peru 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 8hrs 5mins 8hrs 5mins by car (466 kms) | 9hrs 42mins 9hrs 42mins by bus (466 kms) (466 kms)
 I : Andahuaylas - Peru 212 kms 212 kms straight distance | 9hrs 14mins 9hrs 14mins by car (506 kms) | 11hrs 4mins 11hrs 4mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 J : Huancayo - Peru 311 kms 311 kms straight distance | 10hrs 9mins 10hrs 9mins by car (539 kms) | 12hrs 10mins 12hrs 10mins by bus (539 kms) (539 kms)
 K : Arequipa - Peru 401 kms 401 kms straight distance | 8hrs 37mins 8hrs 37mins by car (561 kms) | 10hrs 20mins 10hrs 20mins by bus (561 kms) (561 kms)
 L : Cusco - Peru 348 kms 348 kms straight distance | 12hrs 2mins 12hrs 2mins by car (653 kms) | 14hrs 26mins 14hrs 26mins by bus (653 kms) (653 kms)
 M : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 499 kms 499 kms straight distance | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by car (654 kms) | 11hrs 42mins 11hrs 42mins by bus (654 kms) (654 kms)
 N : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 539 kms 539 kms straight distance | 13hrs 29mins 13hrs 29mins by car (844 kms) | 16hrs 10mins 16hrs 10mins by bus (844 kms) (844 kms)
 O : Machu Picchu - Peru 318 kms 318 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Nazca, Peru:

Hostal Posada Guadalupe, Nazca, Peru - Large Photo
Hostal Posada Guadalupe, Nazca, Peru (May 2010 - Half a day, June 2012 - 1 night) - I arrived here at about 7am in the morning and slept until about 1pm then left, I paid less than normal which was good. The place was nice enough, not overly flash but just a few minutes walk from the bus terminal. I came back in 2012 and stayed a night, it's actually a really good option, the family running it are very nice. Recommended.
Hostal Guillens, Nazca, Peru - Large Photo
Hostal Guillens, Nazca, Peru (Apr 2009 - 1 night) - Not bad, has hammocks outside the rooms and a computer in the reception for the guests. It's close to the center of town, don't make an instant decision about tours in the foyer when they ask though.

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The Aqueducts of Nazca Video
The Aqueducts of Nazca Video

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