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

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Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2009 May 2010 June 2012   » View Photoset (29 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
NEWS: In July 2017 alien mummies were uncovered in a tomb in Nazca!

I have been to many places in Peru 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 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.


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 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 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. 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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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Nazca, Peru:

Hotel Alegria, Nazca, Peru - Large Photo
Hotel Alegria, Nazca, Peru (September 2021 - 2 nights) - Hotel Alegria in Nazca is located opposite the bus terminal. For $90 soles for 1 person a comfortable room with private bathroom, tv, wifi, closet, balcony, fan etc. Breakfast is included and the hotel has a swimming pool and is a great option in Nazca just a few blocks down from the main square. Recommended.
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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Nazca, Peru - Alien Mummy, Nazca Lines, Geoglyphs & Aqueducts. Nazca is the place for archaeology. You can see the Nazca Lines, Chauchilla Cemetery, Inca Aqueducts, Petroglifos and much more. The town is good and has many hostels, bars and restaurants!