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Nazca 

Nazca is a city located in the south of Peru at the heart of an arid plateau. It also gave its name to the Nazca civilization which was developed between 300 BC and 800 AC. In 1939, the city became famous as a scientist discovered strange drawings and geometric figures in the desert surrouding the city: The Nazca lines.

Attractions in Nazca and nearby

Museo didáctico Antonini : This museum offers an overview of the Nazca culture. It displays a collection of archeological items, skulls and musical instruments.

The Nazca lines : Located about 20 km away from Nazca, these lines form a large network of lines, animal figures and plants. They cover about 350 km². The best figures represent the hummingbird, the dog, the monkey, and the chaucato. From a 12 meters high mirador, it is possible to observe part of the hand and tree figures. However, we can better appreciate the drawings by flying over them. The Nazca lines were listed as a cultural heritage of humanity in 1994.

Paredones : This archeological site was probably an Inca administrative centre. It includes several rooms, terraces and patios. This constructions' base is made of stones and the walls are made of adobe.

Cantallo aqueducts : 4 km from the city, this aqueduct is still used today. It was built by the Nazca culture with flat stones and acacia wood trunks.

Cahuachi : This archeological site comprises pyramids, a cemetery and a site called Estaqueria. Most of these pyramids were abandoned during the Vth an VIth centuries AC.



 

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