The Nazca Lines, Peru

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The Nazca Lines are like nothing you have ever seen before.

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The Astronaut, waving to us across the centuries.
I’ve seen the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Wats of Thailand, but nothing in my experience has compared to flying over the Nazca Lines.

In the deserts around Nazca from around 400 BCE to 700 CE the people of the Nazca culture carved these enormous lines into the ground. No one knows why.

Best of all, you can only see most of them by hopping into small 6 seat aircraft and buzzing over the area at high speed, whilst clinging grimly to the contents of your stomach. I couldn’t have cared less, this was one of the most magnificent things I have ever seen.

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A sample of one of the thousands of lines which criss-cross the desert.
As you zoom out of the air port, the plane bounces around in the tropical air, increasing your nervous excitement as you hurtle towards the lines.

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The Monkey: check that spiral tail!
I could literally have posted 500 photos, each pass had me gasping as each of these incredibly famous figures appears almost out of the dirt before your very eyes.

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The Hummingbird sits atop cliffs next to the main plain.
The pilots pull some serious G-Forces as the turn around each geoglyph. The view is breath taking, and every figure brings out gasps from everyone on board. Everyone that is bar the lady slumped on the seat in front of me who has to be lifted out of the air craft in a wheel chair afterwards… Perhaps consider not eating before flying!

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The Spider has to be seen to be believed.
We were in the air for over 40 minutes, but honestly it felt like 5. I was glued to the scenery around us from the moment the plane lifted off. There are literally lines and shapes everywhere you look. They fill your view.

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The Tree looks especially amazing to me, and I love the hands on the Frog.
We’ll visit again tomorrow. Sadly I won’t be flying this time, but my lovely fiancee needs to go up the viewing tower for her own dose of Nazca magic.

More than anything else I’ve seen on this adventure so far, the Nazca lines have been a dream of mine to see for as long as I can remember. Finally seeing them was the most incredible feeling. If you were considering skipping this dusty piece of desert, think again. You would be mad not to enjoy these stunning creations.

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