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Casa-Museo Maria Reiche - Museum Nasca - Peru

For 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 was when she studied and lived here. (You may even catch a glimpse of her, sitting and pondering their enigma). The grounds now include a museum with the tools she used and the charts she meticulously drew of the lines, as well as old aerial photographs of them and some archaeological finds. In a new building are ceramics and a mummy. Maria and her sister are buried in the xero-scaped garden.


Km. 421.3 Carretera Panamericana Sur, San José (27.5 km / 17 mi north of Nasca town)

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Museum Types:
Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography, History

Getting There

A group tour to the Mirador, Cerro and Casa-Museo Maria Reiche costs $18-20 per person and includes transport and bilingual guide, but not entry fees. To get there on your own, take a Ica-bound bus and get off at the museum ($2).

Travel Tips:

It is best to do this outing in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid he mid-day heat and strong sun. This outing can be combined with a trip to the cerro and mirador, three kilometers (1.8 mi) south. However, the highway is quite dangerous as it goes through a narrow cut. It’s best to await another bus to go down there ($1).

Price Description:

Adults $3.75, children $2

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 6 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water, snacks and protection against the sun (hat, sun screen).

Flights over the Lines; the cerro and lookout tower, Planetario Maria Reiche, the Museo Antonini, various archaeological sites in the region.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

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