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Etched into the desert coastal plains of Peru exist the UNESCO-recognized attraction and ever perplexing riddle of the Nazca Lines. Built to such enormous scales, the only way to fully appreciate these ancient glyphs is from above in a small, low-flying plane. The debate regarding the significance of the lines rages on, generating more questions than answers. But one must also acknowledge that the lingering mystery is part of the appeal.
An overnight in Paracas is often paired with a Nazca Flyover Tour. Attractions in both Paracas and Nazca afford travelers a glimpse into the natural and intriguing human history of Peru’s desert coastline. From Lima, take a comfortable bus to Paracas (about 2.5 hours) and then continue by car to the Pisco airport to board a small plane to take you to Nazca and fly over the amazing geoglyphs. After landing, a transfer will take you to your hotel in Paracas. The selection of luxury hotels in Paracas is far superior to the accommodations available in Nazca City. Spend the night in Paracas and continue your guided exploration the following day.
An alternate option to the flight is the Maria Reiche Museum + Nazca Lines Lookout tour. A visit to the Observation Tower with views over a few geoglyphs is a great option for travelers who suffer from motion sickness but are too intrigued by the mystery of the Nazca Lines to pass up the chance for a close-up view.
Pilots fly at tilted angles and in tight circles in order to give all passengers the best views of the Nazca Lines. This jerky movement, paired with some turbulence, can make anyone feel queasy. Travelers prone to motion sickness are advised to plan ahead with medications or remedies to suppress or reduce symptoms.
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