Backpackers Guide to Nazca – Peru

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Nazca is a city on the Southern Coast of Peru. Tourists visit Nazca to fly over the famous Nazca Lines, world heritage listed by UNESCO in 1994. There aren’t really any other things to do in Nazca Peru, other than fly over the Nazca lines.

Things to do in Nazca Peru

Fly over the Nazca lines: The main attraction in Nazca. My friend did this and really enjoyed it. She said the flight was bumpy and quick but she felt safe the whole time and got to see the famous Nazca lines. Her recommendation is ensuring you book through a reputable company and check out reviews on trip advisor.

See the Nazca lines from the observation tower: This only costs 2 soles instead of $100US, but I wouldn’t recommend going to Nazca just to see the lines from the observation tower.

Local Markets: Nazca’s local markets don’t have a great range of souvenirs and gifts, but they have a fantastic and extremely cheap range of fresh produce. We stocked up on fruit, veggies and bread rolls for 6 soles (about $2.50 US).

Visit Chauchilla: You visit mummies at Chauchilla. This cemetery holds the remains of members of the Nazca culture dating back to 200BC and 500 AD.

Cantalloc Aqueducts: A site built in the ancient times, based on a system of stone aqueducts, still functioning and used by local farmers for irrigation today. One of the only sites to see if you were spending time in Nazca.

Take a sand buggy/sandboarding tour: This is an extremely fun activity, however, if you are heading to Huacachina, I would skip doing this in Nazca.

Recommended length of stay in Nazca

I recommend staying in Nazca for a few hours, long enough to take the flight over the lines, then leave.

If you plan on staying you can search for accommodation here.
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Other comments

ONLY VISIT NAZCA IF YOU PLAN ON FLYING OVER THE LINES. I was extremely disappointed by Nazca and my trip to the observation tower and personally wouldn’t recommend it, but everyone has different interests. Huacachina, on the other hand, was very impressive, check out my guide to Huacachina here.

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