Moving on South to the second biggest city of Peru, Arequipa - la ciudad blanca, an UNESCO world heritage site, we made a stop in another UNESCO site for a few hours in a deserved area with some huge lines drawn every here and there...
The Nazca lines are very impressive when you read and hear about them, stretching more than 80 km these geoglypths encompasses everything from single long lines, to complex massive drawings of spiders, orcas, llamas and, my favourite, monkeys with the biggest figures measuring over 200 meter across.
We chose not to do the expensive and supposedly really quite dangerous flight tour over the lines - and perhaps this would have been more impressive, but we heard from someone that had done it at the same time that you hardly saw anything as the plane whisked by - but from the platform where we went to see the lines the view was far from as impressive as I had imagined although the panamerican highway crossing right through one of the forms was fairly interesting. It seems that the road was constructed before the Nazca lines were ever discovered.
We also visited the house of Maria Reiche, a german woman who dedicated most of her life researching and documenting the Nazca lines. The locals remember her as a nice but 'crazy' woman, who spent most of her days under the the burning desert sun, measuring the lines in all possible ways.
With very little much to do around Nazca, we were happy that we had booked a way out from there the same night, and we boarded yet another night bus and took off in the dark to wake up in the magical white city.