Nazca Lines


Nazca Lines

The Nazca lines, otherwise known as geoglyphs were originally spotted by air in 1939 by a pilot flying over this region in the coastal highlands of Peru. A UNESCO World heritage since 1994, this remarkable area stretches over an incredible 50 miles between Nazca and Palpa.

The ancient lines are intricate designs, shallowly marked in the ground. Hidden under red coloured pebbles, a white/grey earth beneath is revealed and there are hundreds of these lines and geometric shapes.

Some - more than 70 - are of animals, birds and fish, and include monkeys, jaguars and even humans. Others take the form of trees and flowers. The largest on record reach up to 200 metres across and nobody is entirely sure what the shapes and lines mean, with different interpretations continuously being offered. Generally, though, the Nazca lines are considered to have some religious significance. It is also thought that the lines were created between 400 and 650 AD by the Nazca people. 

The plateau where the Nazca lines are located is a dry and windless area, so the markings have been largely preserved over time. Whatever these lines are, and who by and why they were created, it cannot be argued that they are an incredible sight to behold and should be on most people's bucket list.