As we arrived in Nasca at 8 a.m. having taken the overnight bus from Cusco were our hostel host picked us up and took us to her family run hostel called Nasca Trails. Not only is it a hostel but is also a travel agent so we checked in and started to arrange our tours for the day and our flight over the Nasca lines. As we went wondering around town to find breakfast and to book our bus ticket to Ica and Lima we noticed that every second street was under construction and most of the street are made of sand and dirt. After the spectacular cities like Cusco and Arequipa, Nasca was just a little town with no architectural history but it certainly has other claims of fame to bring in the tourist. So after paying a small fortune for breakfast, $8US, shopping for food for dinner and booking bus tickets we spent the day relaxing and having a glass of wine in the garden at the hostel. That evening we went off to the planetarium named after Maria Reiche who spent 50 years of her life studying the Nasca lines. We got to see Jupiter again thru a telescope and saw a 45 minute slide show on the Nasca lines and learned about all the theories of how and why they were made. Just in case you want know the number one theory, much to Cheryl’s chagrin(she liked the theory of little green men making them) is that the lines were made by the Nasca Indians to identify where water was….yup it is a desert. Okay why is there a spaceman in the lines Cheryl asks??? Cheryl will have to wait and see the next day if it really a spaceman.
Up early for our flight over the lines, after we got weighed in and received our safe briefing off we went. First stop a whale, then it was the little spaceman…but the locals believe the spaceman really represents a shaman…okay but Cheryl still like her theory that little green men made the lines therefore it must be a spaceman. It seems since we went early in the morning the ride was not that bumpy and it was well worth the $120 per person. It is still amazing that they; whoever they are, made the lines in the first place let alone that they are still here.
After a quick lunch we were off to see an aqua duct (not what we expect) basically a round well in the desert, generally the water table is about 10 meters down. Then a 45 minute drive into the desert to see some more pre-inka ruins. Yup we think we are ruined out. Next morning Ica, some wineries, then Lima.