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(Altitude: 588 meters / 1911 feet, Population: 25,125, Phone Code: 056)




The town of Nasca is a dusty outpost in the San José desert. The town and area would be unremarkable if it were not for the Nasca Lines, a series of thousands of designs etched into the dry desert outside of town. Further to the north are the little-visited Palpa Lines.


Nasca itself is a ramshackle town that has learned how to live off the tourist trade. Visitors to the town who arrive by bus will be greeted by a small swarm of pushy locals wishing to get them to stay in certain hotels and sell tours to the lines.


There is more to Nasca than the lines. The ancient peoples left behind other testimonies of their existence. Outside of town are the archaeological sites of the Cantayoc Aqueduct, the Inca ruins of Paredones, Chauchilla cemetery with bones scattered across the sands and Cahuichi, a grouping of about 40 pyramids.


The town is also a taking-off point for adventure travel. Visitors may sandboard on Cerro Blanco, a nearby enormous dune, or go mountain biking or horseback riding. There is good hiking as well, and four-wheel safaris to several points of interest. Two reserves lure travelers into other reaches of the region: Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras, which protects wild vicuñas, and Reserva Nacional San Fernando, a marine reserve.


Nasca has two museums: the archeological Museo Antonini and Casa-Museo Maria Reiche. The Hotel Nasca also has a planetarium.

Neighborhoods in Nasca: Around Nasca,

Other places nearby Nasca: Huacachina Oasis, Torata, Tacna, Moquegua, The Nasca Lines, Paracas, Ilo, Ica and Pisco.

24 Apr 2012

Adventure Tours in Nasca

Alegria Tours

AlegrĂ­a Tours offers a variety of tours for Nasca. Its list of excursions includes simple archeological tours, sandboarding, guided museum visits, trips to a nearby goldmine and hot spring and of ...
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Nasca, Peru

Nasca Trails

Nasca Trails, a tour company operated by Juan Tohanilo Vera, offers guided tripss to cemeteries outside of Nasca as well as to the local museums. It can arrange for a flight over the Nasca Lines as ...
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Nasca, Peru

Mystery Peru

Travel with Mystery Peru to explore the desert around Nasca. It will take you out to see the ceremonial center of Cahuachi, the mummified corpses from the Nasca Culture at Chauchilla, the amazing ...
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Nasca, Peru

Great Nazca Tours

Great Nazca Tours is a local travel agency that aims to give its customers a highly personalized service. Its services include booking fly-overs of the Nasca Lines, as well as a tour of the mirador ...
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Nasca, Peru

Museums in Nasca

Museo Didactico Antonini

Museo Antonini is worth escaping to one afternoon, to take in its stunning collection. The museum heads up excavations at Pueblo Viejo and Cahuachi archaeological sites, and houses finds from them, ...
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Maria Reiche Planetarium

Located in the Hotel Nasca Lines in town, the Planetarium offers nightly shows (7 p.m.) concerning the Nasca lines and the various theories about their purpose and origins. You do not need to be ...
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Casa-Museo Maria Reiche

125313For decades Maria Reiche lived in a simple, dirt-floored house just to the north of the Nasca Lines where she spent most of her life studying the patterns in the lines. Her bedroom is left just as it ...
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Museo Municipal

This museum has a small collection of mummies, ceramics and other archaeological ...
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Ruins in Nasca

Mirador and Cerro

125316The Nasca Lines can be viewed from a plane weaving the sky above them, or from other, more down-to-earth vantage points. The cerro is a solitary hill in the midst of this vast desert. Climbing to the ...
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Ruins of Cahuachi

The ceremonial city of Cahuachi is located at the lower section of the Nasca Valley, virtually in the middle of the desert north of Nasca. Since 1982, the Centro Italiano Studi e Ricerche ...
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Cemetery of Chauchilla

Chauchilla is a Chincha period (1000-1460 AD) graveyard that makes an interesting day trip from Nazca. This somber collection of human remains is a stark reminder of the presence of looting in the ...
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Cantayo Aqueducts

In the middle of the desert, huge stone and huarango-wood spirals whirl into the sand. These reservoirs, along with canals, are aqueducts that the pre-Inca Nasca nation built over two-thousand years ...
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The ancient Nasca culture wasn’t the only one to leave behind evidence of their presence. Just on the south edge of town are the ruins of Paredones, an Inca administrative center. It was possibly ...
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