Nazca & Around attractions

Ruins in Nazca & Around

Nazca Lines

Spread over 500 sq km (310 sq mi) of arid, rock-strewn plain in the Pampa Colorada (Red Plain), the Nazca Lines are one of the world's great archaeological mysteries. Comprising over 800 straight lines, 300 geometri…
Archaeological Site in Nazca & Around

Aqueductos de Cantalloc

About 4km southeast of town are the 30-plus underground Cantalloc Aqueducts, many of which are still in working order and are essential in irrigating the surrounding fields. The impressive series of stone and wood c…
Wildlife Reserve in Nazca & Around

Reserva Nacional Pampas Galeras

This national reserve is a vicuña (threatened wild camelids) sanctuary high in the mountains 90km east of Nazca on the road to Cuzco. It is the best place to see these shy animals in Peru, with about 5000 of the spe…
Archaeological Site in Nazca & Around

Chauchilla Cemetery

The most popular excursion from Nazca, this cemetery, 28km south of Nazca, will satisfy any urges you have to see ancient bones, skulls and mummies. Dating back to the Ica-Chincha culture around AD 1000, the mummies…
Archaeological Site in Nazca & Around

Palpa Lines

Like Nazca, Palpa is surrounded by perplexing geoglyphs, the so-called Palpa Lines, which are serially overshadowed by the more famous, but less abundant, Nazca Lines to the south. The Palpa Lines display a greater …
Museum in Nazca & Around

Museo Didáctico Antonini

On the east side of town, this excellent archaeological museum has an aqueduct running through the back garden, as well as interesting reproductions of burial tombs, a valuable collection of ceramic pan flutes and a…
Viewpoint in Nazca & Around

Mirador

You’ll get only a sketchy idea of the Lines at this lookout on the Panamericana Sur 20km north of Nazca, which has an oblique view of three figures: the lizard, the tree and the hands (or frog, depending on your poi…
Museum in Nazca & Around

Museo Maria Reiche

When Maria Reiche, the German mathematician and long-term researcher of the Nazca Lines, died in 1998, her house, which stands 5km north of the mirador (lookout) along Panamericana Sur, was made into a small museum.…
Nature Reserve in Nazca & Around

Reserva Nacional Punta de San Juan

Just outside the coastal town of Marcona, this small, rarely visited nature reserve is home to large colonies of sea lions and penguins in addition to many other marine birds. The lack of development here means it's…
Ruins in Nazca & Around

Cahuachi

A dirt road travels 25km west from Nazca to Cahuachi, the most important known Nazca center, which is still undergoing excavation. It consists of several pyramids, a graveyard and an enigmatic site called Estaquería…