We may never know who crafted the huge pictures on the Nazca Plains, or why they created them, and that mystery only adds to the attraction of an incredible site. How could human beings living over 1500 years ago create immense shapes, patterns and animals, all perfectly aligned and proportioned, when they can only really be clearly seen from the air? A flight over this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must - but there is more...
Reasons to visit Nazca include:
Nazca is hot and sunny all year round, with barely any rain. The most popular times to go are November to May, with May the busiest period.
There are no trains or commercial flights to Nazca - the only flights are those operated by the companies that fly over the Nazca and Palpa Lines - they operate out of Ica and Paracas/Pisco. Nazca is a 7-hour drive from Lima, and if you don’t have a private car and driver one other popular option is to use one of the deluxe bus companies, who make the lengthy journey as comfortable as possible, with reclining seats with their own TV, on-board food service etc.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.