Ruins in Nazca & Around


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…
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…
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.…
Archaeological Site in Nazca & Around

Chauchilla Cemetery

The most popular excursion from Nazca, this cemetery, 30km 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…
Planetarium in Nazca & Around

Nazca Planetarium

This small planetarium is in the Nazca Lines Hotel and offers scripted evening lectures on the Lines with graphical displays on a domed projection screen that last approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead or check the p…
Cemetery in Nazca & Around

Cemetery of Chauchilla

Archaeological Site in Nazca & Around

Cantallo Aqueducts

About 4km southeast of town are the 30-plus underground Cantallo Aqueducts, which are still in working order and essential in irrigating the surrounding fields. Though once possible to enter the aqueducts through th…
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…
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, though tourist services ar…
Viewpoint in Nazca & Around


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, tree and hands (or frog, depending on your point of vi…