The 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 top, you can see lines criss-crossing the desert. One series of lines to the northeast join to form a giant triangle pointing to a source of water in the mountains. Another line further west is over seven kilometers (4.2 mi) long and perfectly designates the winter solstice day.
A kilometer up the highway is the mirador, a 12-meter (39-ft) high metal lookout tower. From the top you can view the Tree and the Hands. As well, the remnants of the Lizard, which construction of the Pan-American Highway cut in two. (Look for the tail on the west side of the road, and a paw on the east side.)
Approximately 25 kilometers (15 mi) north of Nasca
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, see Getting to and away from the Nasca Lines.
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 Casa-Museo Maria Reiche, three kilometers (1.8mi) north. However, the highway is quite dangerous as it goes through a narrow cut. Itâ€™s best to await another bus to go up there ($1).
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
Bring along water, snacks and protection against the sun (hat, sun screen).
Flights over the Lines; Casa-Museo Maria Reiche, Planetario Maria Reiche, the Museo Antonini, various archaeological sites in the region.
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