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Greenpeace Did What to the Nazca Lines?

The earth does deserve a voice, but for many Peruvians, and world citizens, the Greenpeace action on December 8, 2014 that placed a message – 'Time For Change! The Future is Renewable. Greenpeace' – in large yellow letters next to the iconic hummingbird biomorphic geoglyph in the Nazca Lines was an act of vandalism, causing significant damage to a World Heritage Site.Because of the delicate nature of these mysterious formations that date back 1500 years, nobody is permitted to walk on the Nazca Lines complex (these rules apply to backpackers and presidents). Only using special weight-dispersing padded shoes do archaeologists enter the site.And while Greenpeace points out that activists did not walk on the geoglyph itself, they did overturn rocks and drone flights revealed disrupted areas where the protesters (or vandals depending on how you look at it) entered the site.After the action, which was designed to call the attention of world leaders attending a UN Climate Summit in Lima, Greenpeace issued apologies, and several of the 12 people taking part were formally charged by Peruvian authorities, with the Austrian archaeologist that lead the stunt going on to receive a large fine and suspended prison sentence.International outrage swirled around the incident and the Peruvian government vowed to restore the site. However the fragile nature of the lines was again brought to the fore in 2018 when a large truck drove across some of the lines leaving deep tyre marks in the soil that cut across three of the lines. The driver was eventually acquitted after claiming he had been forced off the road due to mechanical problems and didn't realize he was crossing the lines.After the latest incident the government once again vowed to increase security at the site but whether this will lead to change on the ground remains to be seen.


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Nazca Lines full experience

itineraryEarly start if weather is  fine, transfer to the airport before breakfast. Perhaps you will need to take a pill to prevent dizziness if you easily get sick on the rides. The whole process at the airport takes around 2 hours approx.Please do not forget your passport or ID is mandatory in the security process for boarding the plane, also do not bring much staff to the plane, for space and  weight issues you are not going to be allowed to take much with you. Use light clothing.The check in process over the counter includes hand over your passport , pay the airport tax and step on a scale to measure your weightWhile you are waiting at the airport for your turn to fly our guide will brief you about the Nazca lines tour and watch a video about the Nazca culture.Do not bring staff prohibited in most airports, otherwise security  will keep it and returned to you after the flight. (most people end up forgetting their staff at the airportBefore to board the plane you will receive a briefing from the pilot or copilot explaining what you are about to see.The flight takes 30 minutes but the circuit itself is 20 minutes, the planes are for 2,4,5,6,and 12 passengers and the crew is composed by the pilot and the copilot, you will be provided with headphones to hear the pilot instructions to see the lines.This is a scenic flight there is not guide available in the flight therefore do not expect much from the pilots their work is to flight the plane safetely.After the flight you will continue with the visit to the most important and largest necropolis  in Nazca where you will be able to appreciate the process of mummification,   The bodies are so remarkably preserved due mainly to the dry climate in the Peruvian Desert but the funeral rites were also a contributing factor. The bodies were clothed in embroidered cotton and then painted with a resin and kept in purpose-built tombs made from mud bricks.Continue the visit to the Cahuachi Pyramids was a major ceremonial center of the Nazca culture, based from 1 AD to about 500 AD in the coastal area of the Central Andes. It overlooked some of the Nazca lines. The Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Orifici has been excavating at the site for the past few decades. The site contains over 40 mounds topped with adobe structures. The huge architectural complex covers 0.6 sq. miles (1.5 km2) at 365 meters above sea level

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Nazca lines Overflight

We will pick you up from your hotel in Nazca at the time previously coordinated; to take it to the aerodrome where we will prepare it and weigh it to place it in one of the shared planes, in which it will fly over the incredible desert of Nazca place that houses more than 300 figures, but for the time of flight that we will only have to reach 13 figures, among them you can see: The monkey, the hummingbird, the gannet, the dog, the parrot, the tree, the whale, etc. After having flown for 30 minutes we will return to the airfield, where our transport will be waiting to take us back to our hotel.

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Total Nazca Lines by plane

On board a van, feel the clouds and fly for 60 minutes through the Nazca desert and observe the enigmatic lines of Nasca and Palpa, where you can see 20 geographical figures such as the monkey, the spider, the hummingbird, the astronaut, etc. which were designed and made by the heritage of the Nasca culture, we will collect it from your hotel in Nazca and take it to the airport where you will share the flight with other travelers if you travel alone or as a couple, one of the most important factors will be the weather, since this will decide the time of departure.

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2 Day Nazca Lines And Ballestas Islands Group Service

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Islas BallestasDAY 1 : Lima - Paracas - NazcaYour Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands 2 days tour, will start very early on around 03:00 am max, as we have to travel long distance and get to Paracas bay with enough time to get a departure permit and sail off to the Ballestas islands. We will travel for around 3 hours away from Lima and once we get to Paracas, we will get ready to embark on our boat to enjoy our time on the sea.Sometimes, the sea gets a bit rough thus, we recommend you to get your breakfast after your boat ride journey to avoid getting seasick. You still have to bring with you during your travesy a hat, sunblock and a bottle of water.During your boat ride, we will start visiting some of the rock formations across the line coast until get to a famous line of a side of a desert dune named the Candelabra or 'Chandelier' due its shape and no ones knows exactly the meaning of this huge line formation but vestiges found around it date from 200 BC. Afterwards, we will be sailing more into the sea until we get to section of small islands. Here we will finally see, lots of birds, sea lions, pelican and dolphins, it is a real show of nature to witness all of this in front of us.Finished this section of the Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands 2 days tour, around the islands, we will head back to Paracas so you can get some snacks and escort you to take your bus to your next adventure in Nazca. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Nasca LinesDAY 2 : Over flight the Nazca Lines and back to LimaToday we will pass around your hotel and leaving early on, to get in time to the local airfield in Nazca. Here we will have to wait some time to get the go on our Cessna planes. Safety instructions will be given before our final departure. We have to remark that this Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands 2 days tour, is one of the most excitement ones, as you will be flying to an enigmatic location and see the drawing lines on a big scale. If we think carefully, that the Nazca people a culture dated 200 BC (well before the Inca times) were using a set cordells to guide themselves in the drawing of such amazing figures, it was indeed challenging. There are theories that indicates the 250 figures, yes there a lot them, symbolise a big calendar or another one a cult to bring water on the area as it is one of the most desertic ones in the world. The idea in drawing animals figures facing the sky (which are seen mostly in forest regions or in the sea ) were a dedication to their deities to protect them against drought. After contemplating the Nazca figures from the sky such as the Monkey, The Condor, the hummingbird, the Astronaut, among others, we will return to the airfield and get prepared to head by bus to Lima. At your arrival to Lima, one of our representatives will be waiting for you to escort you to your hotel. We wish you were having a superb time on your Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands 2 days tour, and hopefully we will see you very soon. Duration: 30 minutes

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Cahuachi Ceremonial Center Tour from Nasca

Pick up from your hotel in Nasca approximately at 2:00pm, transfer to the Ceremonial Center Cahuachi. It is the largest ceremonial center known with 24 square kilometers of extension. The archaeological complex belongs to the Nazca culture (early intermediate, 200 b.C - 700 a.C.) and is composed of several truncated pyramids built in Adobe, many of which were abandoned during the V and VI a.C. It was the most important dwelling and ritual center of the Nazca culture that developed between the 400 years after Christ and was used to make offerings related to agriculture that was its main activity. For many researchers, Cahuachi marks the pattern of housing expansion on the south coast.There are also structures that have an open courtyard on one side and a large terrace with covered enclosures. On the tops of the major temples, as in the case of the Great Temple, it was found the existence of large enclosures whose roofs were supported by dozens of columns.Return to your hotel in Nasca.

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Nazca Lines 30-Minute Flight Tour with Round-Trip Transport

Enjoy a hotel pickup and transfer from your centrally located hotel in Nazca to the airport. Nazca is a small town, and wouldn't be considered significant were it not for the mysterious lines on the desert that have made it famous throughout the world. Before taking flight, take part in a short safety briefing. Then, you’ll be ready for your 30-minute scenic flight over the Nazca Lines. Enjoy a special trip across the desert: A monkey, a spider, a hummingbird, and more can be seen from the aircraft. Try to decipher the mystery yourself. You will fly over more than 12 geoglyphs on the Nazca desert, plus those recently discovered at Palpa. The trip ends by flying over the mountains, where you will find marine fossils up to 150 million years old. Your professional pilot will provide the commentary along the way. After the flight, you will be transferred back to your hotel. NOTE: We will do our best efforts to keep to the schedule, however take into account that departure time will depend on the weather conditions and the air traffic of the day.

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