The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....Hotel Majoros....(1)

....Hotel Majoros....(2)

....Hotel Majoros....(3)

....Hotel Majoros....(4)

....Hotel Majoros....(5)

....Hotel Majoros....(6)

,,,,Nazca Aeropuerto....

....our six-seater plane....

....another plane getting ready for take-off....

....and there she goes....

....another plane coming in to land....

....here we go....

....the Nazca pampa from about 1500 feet....

....the balana or whale....

....more views of the plateau from 1500 feet....

....the nearby mountain range....

....our plane's shadow....

....the astronaut....(1)

....the astronaut....(2)

....lookin' out our window....

....the monkey....

....the dog....

....the Panamerica Highway far below....

....the tail of a condor....

....a spider....

....a hummingbird....

....more of the mountain range....

....a parrot....

....an alcatraz....

....a tree and a pair of hands....

....more mountans....

....and fields of corn....

....Toby, the artisan potter and our tour leader Kike....

....Toby's American Kaestral....

....a field of Prickly Pear cactus....


We got to have a sleep-in this morning since we were having a light day today....a visit to the Nazca Lines...only discovered by the outside world in 1939 when airplane pilots stumbled across them....spread out over a 500 square kilometre pampa or plateau, these mysterious lines are a remarkable arrangement composed of some 800 lines, 300 figures and 70 or so animal and plant drawings.....the most intricate of the designs include a 90 metre long monkey, a condor with a wingspan of 130 metres, a hummingbird, a spider, a figure that most resembles an astronaut due to its fishbowl shaped head, along with a whale, a dog, an Alcatraz and a pair of hands.....these ancient lines appear to have been made thru the removal of sun-darkened stones from the desert's surface, exposing the lighter stones underneath....but the bigger question is who made these lines and for what purpose?....and why would someone bother when they can only be appropriately seen from the air?.....Maria Reiche, a German mathematician and researcher of lines theorized that the lines were made by the Nazca and Paracas civilizations from 900 BC to 600 AD with others being added by the Wari culture sometime in the 7th century.....it was her belief that the lines were an astronomical calendar plotted out using sophisticated mathematics (and a really, really long piece of string!)....others have theorized that the lines were walkways in a ritual connected to a cult that believed in the relationship between water and fertility, yet others who thought them to be giant running tracks and still others who believe them to be extraterrestrial landing areas or renderings of shamans' dreams resulting from hallucinogenic drug use.....no one is really certain, but one thing is for sure, they are quite amazing and truly appreciated thru viewing from the air....upon reaching the Nazca Airport and seeing how small the Cessna's were that take you up in the air, Barb opted not to go and handed me the camera. The plane I was in was a six-seater, for the pilot and five passengers.....we were arranged in the plane by the pilot for proper weight distribution, taxi'd down to the end of the runway and we were off......the take-off was pretty much like any other, except that as soon as we got about fifty feet up in the air, the wind started to push us around a bit... made me a little nervous, but there was no turning back now.....we made our way up to between 1,000 and 2,000 feet altitude and circled above the lines on the desert floor....the view was quite something and the lines were quite intriguing.... hopefully the pictures provide some insight as to what I was able to see out the windows as the plane banked right and left.....after about a half-hour and the chance to see the most well-defined lines, my stomach started doing flip-flops and my shirt was soaking wet from the humidity in the small space that we were all crammed into....fortunately we made it back down to the landing strip before anything embarrassing could happen and after resting a bit, I felt better and appreciated the opportunity to have seen one of Ancient Peru's mysteries.....after our visit to the Nazca Lines, we stopped to see a local artisan, Toby, who makes pottery in the same way as the ancient cultures did so many years ago.....Toby was a man with a great sense of humor and he joked around with us while showing us his craft and his pet bird, an American Kaestrel....we then had a visit to Nazca, a town of about 53,000 people where we had a chance to use an ATM and to have a quick look around before returning to the hotel for some R&R in the afternoon... most took the opportunity to have a dip in the pool....I managed to work on our journal for a bit...in the evening we returned to Nazca to a spot called "Rico Pollo", a family style chicken restaurant....Kike told us that many Peruvian families come to these types of restaurants to have a big family meal together since they may not have enough room for everyone to get together at home. We all ordered some of their famous flame-roasted chicken of one sort or another and left well-fed.....



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