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The good ‘ol Nazca lines are best seen by air – but rough, expensive flights aren’t for everyone.

Sure, they’re a UNESCO World Heritage site, and they’re one of the few things to see while in this part of southern Peru.

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You don’t have to fly over the Nazca lines to see them for yourself, however – the centuries-old glyphs can be seen from both constructed staircases and some of the foothills.

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Walk along one of the main tourist-friendly roads in Ica and you’ll discover the public benches / shades features Nazca lines – the hummingbird is featured here.

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As you might guess, the drawings feature heavily in the local souvenirs – spiders, monkeys, and the hummingbird again, anyone?

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Perhaps you want more than one of the lines on your souvenir? Here you go.

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The most common one here is called the astronaut.

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If you’re a shot-glass collector, never fear.

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The question isn’t ‘which figure do you want?’, it’s ‘which color?’ as well.

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They’re everywhere!

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The larger murals run along another road a few blocks from the touristy center. You’re likely to see them as you come into town.

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The central park area – the Plaza de Armas in Ica has a few figures carved into the grass….

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…and along the walkway!

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A picture of a picture – it’s difficult to see the lines on unedited pictures, though.

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You might stop one of the watchtowers on the way to or from Ica – some of the local buses will stop there, and it’s a part of the Peru Hop tours as well. These stones (and keychains and other sorts) feature plenty of the lines.

 

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