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produced some of the finest pottery seen in the ancient world as well as impressive metalwork. are known for their textiles and the mysterious and enigmatic Nazca Lines. These ancient geometric lines were etched into the sand of the desert and have been preserved by their isolation as well as the dry windless climate. There are over 300 of these giant etchings, many in the design of plants and animals and they were designated a World Heritage Site in 1994.

The Nazca Lines in Peru. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

The Nazca Lines are a series of lines etched into the desert floor in southern Peru that make designs only seen from above. Although the lines are only an average of five centimeters deep and twenty centimeters wide, they have remained virtually untouched for thousands of years. The ancients put a thin layer of lime on them which has helped to prevent erosion, but it is still a mystery how they have withstood the ravages of time.

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Nazca Lines: drawings in the ground of the Peruvian desert that depict animals, shapes, and straight lines.

3. Flying over the Nazca Lines: if you want to take good photos, you need to do this flight in the morning, which is a lottery as they often delay flights at Nazca’s airport, or give preference to flights originating from Pisco’s airport. On the three occasions I’ve been there, this has happened. My morning flight ends up being in the afternoon when the sun washes out the landscape and winds blow sand obscuring the view of the lines. If you really want to see the lines, book a couple of days in Nazca in case of flight interruptions.