One of the things on my lifetime bucket list was to see the famous Nazca Lines. As we only had one day to spare to visit the lines we decided that we would book a tour from our hostel in Huacachina which included transport, the flight, and a place for us to leave our bags and have a shower before our bus in the evening.

We should have learnt by now that tours never go as we are told they will but for some reason I continue to expect they will. We were supposed to leave Huacachina at 8am but by 8.40 we were still sitting around waiting for our taxi to show up. We had been told that our flight would be at 11, and that because the planes are small the flights can be quite bumpy so it was suggested we didn’t have breakfast. I had a smoothie so that I could take my malaria tablets but ty decided not to eat. By the time we got on our bus at 9.20 it was clear we weren’t going to be making the 11am flight.

Getting picked up at the other end, we dropped our bags off at the hostel and the owner said we would be picked up and taken to the airport for a 1 or 1.30 flight and badgered us into signing up for another tour that afternoon ‘since we wouldn’t have anything else to do until 10 o’clock’ when our bus left.
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Our little plane!
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The flight plan
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Lines....but what do they mean!?
Sitting at the airport watching the clock tick by and seeing a few other groups come and go it became clear that they had forgotten about us. We finally managed to board our tiny 6 seater plane at 2.30. Despite the frustrations the flight was worth the wait. Our pilot was excellent and although the wind had picked up we actually had a really smooth flight. Looking down on the lines It was spectacular to think about them being created so long ago. My favourite pictures were the monkey, the condor and the spaceman (who totally looks like he is waving at you!). But apart from the pictures which are used on all the promotional literature I found it fascinating to look across the plain and see hundreds of other lines intersecting each other. I didn’t know that they existed and its so interesting because they really stand out from the modern lines in the soil. Aparently across 500 square kilometres of land there are over 800 lines, 300 geometric figures and 70 animals and plants. Pretty awesome! There is an small observation tower along the highway which allows people to see 2 of the pictures but im really glad that we decided to do the flight and the mirador really doesn’t do the lines justice.

We arrived back at the hostel at 3.40pm to find that the rest of the group that we were supposed to share a lunch with (as a part of the afternoon tour) had already eaten and we were waiting for the tour to start. Apart from my smoothie we hadn’t eaten all day and were both getting to the hangry stage so we decided to cancel our seats on the tour and head out to eat ourselves. The guy at the hostel was a bit pissy that we were cancelling but after reminding him of the way the day had panned out versus how it was supposed to run he agreed to refund our money and we headed out to get yet more rottiserie chicken before our bus.


Next stop: Cusco
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Hello mr spaceman
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Monkey!
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Condor
 





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