Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

David next to plane before takeoff, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

David in the plane with Kirstin, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Overview of part of Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Astronaut, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Mountain top with Condor, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Condor, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Trapezoid, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Spider and Trapezoid, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Hands, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Tree, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Spider, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Nazca Valley, Nazca, Peru

Trapezoid, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Hands and Tree and Viewing Tower, Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Mummies, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

Mummy, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

Mummy, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

View of Chauchilla, near Nazca, Peru

Mummy, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

Mummy, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

Mummy, Chauchilla Necropolis, near Nazca, Peru

Lynn and coastline, Puerto Inca, Peru

Vultures, Puerto Inca, Peru

Bird on rock, Puerto Inca, Peru

View from our tent, Puerto Inca, Peru

Inca Ruins, Puerto Inca, Peru

Inca Ruins, Puerto Inca, Peru

Inca Ruins, Puerto Inca, Peru

Rugged Coastline, Puerto Inca, Peru


Friday 13th June 2014

Nazca to Puerto Inca, Peru

We woke up early today and pulled our tent down, but had no breakfast as today was the day we were doing the flight over the Nazca Lines and it is recommended to do the flight with an empty stomach. Nine of the group plus our driver Scot were picked up at 8:00am for the drive to the airport. We were checked in and weighed for the flight (the aircraft has to be balanced). We then waited to be called and because the morning was misty, we sat for over an hour and three quarters for the mist to clear and for the sun to start to come out. We were on different flights and Lynn took off first at around 10:10am. David took off at about 10:20am. We quickly rose above the desert floor to see the Nazca Lines laid out in front of us. The pilots take you around to see 13 different drawings that are on the ground. Some are very large and some are smaller but all can be seen quite clearly from the air. There are some animals as well as shapes (rectangles, and similar). The plane shows the view first out the right hand side then banks around to show the view to those sitting on the left. Across the desert, it is plain to also see where rain has scoured the desert floor over a very large area. It is quite an amazing sight and well worth the cost of the flight. THe flight lasted about 35 minutes and soon we were back on the ground at Nazca Airport with only 2 of the group feeling sick (not us!). We were then transported back to our camp, had a light breakfast, and we set off to our next destination, Chauchilla Necropolis, where there were many mummies that had been dug up and were on show in their graves. It was a very interesting place in a very beautiful desert setting with the mountains in the near distance, but closer than that is the oasis where the town of Nazca is situated. They grow many crops there from underground water supplies that have been used since the days of the ancient peoples. We ate lunch there and then drove about 4 hours to our next destination at Puerto Inca. When we arrived it was totally dark but we set up camp on the beach - camping for the last time on the trip for 2 nights here. We were on cook group today so it was pretty busy and we didn't go to bed till nearly midnight. It was cold today until we reached the beach, not so cool there, around 16-17C. Going to sleep tonight listening to huge waves crashing about 20 metres away.

Saturday 14th June 2014

Puerto Inca, Peru

Up at about 7:30am today. The weather is quite overcast and cool, although it never actually rains here. There is nothing green in sight and our campsite at the Puerto Inka Hotel right on the beach is surrounded by jagged hills. This place was an old (600-700 years ago) Inca trading port. The Incas brought their trade goods down from Cusco in the Andes to the sea where they had storage facilities built in the area just above the sea on both sides of the beach. The ruins of the buildings they had built here are in evidence as well as many old grave sites, but it is totally devoid of anything else apart from the hotel and camp where we are staying. After we had breakfast and washed some clothes and hung them out to dry in the breeze, we walked with Kirstin up to see the ruins as well as to check out the birdlife near the water. There are thousands of birds nesting on the cliffs in similar fashion to the Ballestas Islands that we visited a few days ago with copious amounts of guano on the rocks. Frank, another one of our group, caught up with us when we were out there and walked with us. We then walked around on all the tracks looking at the views, rocks, birds. The landscape is really amazing here with jagged rocks, steep cliffs, many birds - it's a totally bizarre place to be. We walked back to the camp and had lunch. After lunch, we decided to walk, by ourselves, to the other side of the beach and into the cliff top area where there were some more ruins as well as a few graves. The path was signposted with painted arrows on the rocks so we followed the trail up and around through the same twisted and weird scenery that we walked through this morning. After about an hour the path ended at a cliff and we had a view down to the sea with birds nesting on the rocks, waves crashing far below and totally amazing (no safety fence) views. We sat and took some photos - we were the only people on this track and when we headed back, we had to follow the arrows in reverse as all the tracks looked very similar. Although we lost the arrows at one point for a few minutes we managed to get back OK. It was a very interesting day and this place had a really beautiful raw feeling. The day finished as it started - overcast and cool/cold. Dinner is being cooked as we write this. Our last night camping on the trip and no more tents.



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