(Day 143 - 149)
12.04.2010 - 18.04.2010 28 °C
One of the great mysteries of South America, the Nazca Lines are a series of animal figures and geometric shapes, some which are up to 200m in length. They are a single continuous line made by clearing away the stone and brush of the earth about 10cm deep to reveal the fine dust below.
We decided not to take a flight over the lines for a few reasons, firstly the cost, secondly because there had been another fatal crash just a few weeks ago. So we took a bus to the only observation deck that looks over a few of the lines. In hindsight I think we should have taken the flight as looking at the lines from the view point wasn’t as spectacular as the photos one sees in books and postcards.
Nazca town however, lies within a green fertile valley surrounded by the very dry arid stony land that included the lines. Other than this, we found Nazca to be rather boring with nothing much to do.
We left on a day bus back to Lima where we were to spend our last few days in South America in the Miraflores district in Lima. A very popular area which is quite pretty with many outdoor cafes, it’s a surprisingly nice area.
On our last day we decided to treat ourselves. My treat was to get a manicure & pedicure, and Martin’s was to try the traditional Peruvian dish of Cuy..Guinea pig!!!
With each bite he took, I felt the urge of turning vegetarian get stronger and stronger.. Martin was a trooper though and although it felt funny eating this poor creature (a pet really!!) he soldiered on and finished the dish. Take a look..
We enjoyed our time here to relax and get our bags ready for the next part of our journey, South East Asia.