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The mistery of the Nazca lines

Posted by "David Jesús Miranda Miranda"
07/02/2016

Nazca lines Perú

Where is it located and how to get there?

The Nasca lines and geoglyphs located in the Ica region, specifically in the valleys of Palpa and Nasca, 450 kilometers south of Lima and near the Pacific Ocean. Located on the edge of the western Andes, is 600 meters above sea level. To reach by road you can travel on tour buses that leave from the cities of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco. There are no commercial regular flights to Ica.

Undoubtedly, to enjoy and observe the Nasca Lines is preferable to see them from the air, space where the perspective of the figures is unique and unrepeatable. To do this, visitors can take a ride in a small plane.

Useful data


• It is necessary to carry original identity documents (identity card or passport). Foreign citizens who do not carry their original passport may submit a copy of passport and the original of a document issued by their country of origin.
• You can find accommodation from $ 10 to $ 50 per night closest to the town of Nasca hostels.
• Admission is by prior presentation of ticket or ticket. For overflight is recommended to make a reservation in advance, especially during high season (June to August).
• The aircraft overflying this attractive feature with a qualified guide who will discuss the figures to observe the most important information each.

Colibri

What is it?

It is the most remembered of the figures for their harmonic dimensions, the distance between its two wings are approximately 66 meters.

History and discovery

Considered over the years as one of the most representative figures of this tourist attraction, its discovery and subsequent study would involve activities and religious cults that were conducted among the residents of the ancient Nasca.

Colibri Nazca

Theories and mysteries

As mentioned historian Maria Rostworowski, the figures were made to be seen from the sky. However, the function of this figure was not to understand the stars, but to pay homage to a flying God respected and feared by the people. In this way, it serves as an offering to the deity not punish with absence of rains, which in a dry field and Nasca produce devastating consequences.

Monkey

What is it?

The curiosity of this figure is that it shows the monkey with nine fingers and a spiral-shaped tail. It is believed to be representing the Big Dipper. It is also considered one of the most significant, with an approximate size of 135 meters.

History and discovery

The discovery of these strokes by German researcher Maria Reiche was the starting point needed to feed the theories that had been developing over a possible astronomical origin, where ancient Nasca people used this gigantic geoglyphs as a starting point to study the sky and prepare for events that could arrive.

Mono Nazca

Theories and mysteries

As mentioned by the researcher, a group of constellations of space were directly related to the formation of the tail and monkey geoglifo hands. The appearance in the sky of these stars would be directly related to the approach of rainy seasons, extremely important for a terrero as having Nasca.

Frigate bird

What is it?

With an approximate length of 160 meters, the most characteristic of this figure it is in his own head, which is made up of segments of circles having a radius ranging between 10 and 20 centimeters. Profile, two circles of the same size could represent his eyes.

History and discovery

As mentioned by Maria Reiche at the time of the discovery, the immensity of this figure is that if one stands on the edge of a wing can not see the other side. Approximately, it is the equivalent of the measure 6 football fields.



Theories and mysteries

The realization of this geoglifo be found in astronomy, because their lineup would be responding to a configuration of the night sky. It can be seen that is not aligned with sunsets or moon. However, if it is aligned with Fomalhaut, a very bright star located in the constellation of Pisces.

Giant bird

What is it?

The immensity of this bird is reflected in its 300 meters long and 54 meters wide. Among the peculiar characteristics of this figure lies shaped neck snake whose beak is pointing directly at sunrise.

History and discovery

The majesty of this land line represents the importance it had during the time of the ancient Nasca. This zoomorphic figure caused such relevance at the time of his discovery that many also started calling him as "Phoenix" or "Big Bird".

Pajaro Gigante Nazca

Theories and mysteries

It is considered the "announcer Inti Raymi", the Sun celebration of the Incas, because during the morning between 20 and 23 June, when placed an observer on the bird's head, you can watch the sun rising exactly at the end of zigzagging huge beak. Therefore it is considered as an ingenious work for accuracy to hit at the solstices.

Spider

What is it?

Being part of a huge network of lines located on the edge of a trapezoid on the earth's surface, it is one of the most prominent figures thanks to the ability to make your stroke. It measures approximately 46 meters long.

History & discovery

The skill with which it was built this figure does not represent only an impressive act of art, but since its discovery was related to the constellation of Orion, which is known worldwide for being one of the brightest in outer space.

Araña Nazca

Theories and mysteries

This geoglifo has both astronomical and religious aspects. Both are related to the realization of omens on rainy days. Thus, being in an extremely arid place, the people and scholars used this figure to avoid times of drought.

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