Aliens, spacemen, spiders and monkeys – Peru’s Nazca Lines

Waiting out in the middle of the Nazca desert in Peru, etched into the sand and rock in place where it has never rained are something awe-inspiring and unexplained.
 
Images of spacemen, monkeys, spiders, cactus’ and birds rise out of the desert – but only viewable from the small Cessna planes that transport tourists around this area (and occasionally crash!).
nasca spaceman

Nasca 'spaceman'

Conjecture is rife amongst historians about who is responsible for these amazing sights – what is perhaps most surprising is that no one really knows who or what made these images. Obviously the Inca Nazca people could have made them – but without planes or means to fly how would they know what they were carving in the desert sand and rock? 

Monkey Nazca Line

Monkey

Whatever is responsible for the Nazca lines it is the arid climate of the area – with minimal wind erosion and total lack of rain fall that means they have been preserved perfectly for thousands of years. 

Spider Nazca Line

Spider

The scale of the different objects is hard to imagine from photos – the largest of the lines of over 200 metres in size. 

So next time your flying over the deserts of Peru pay attention to what might be underneath you!

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One response to “Aliens, spacemen, spiders and monkeys – Peru’s Nazca Lines

  1. I recommend this article from last month’s National Geographic for an authoritative account of why and how these amazing features were created – http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/03/nasca/hall-text.

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