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Although Nazca is probably best known for the Nazca Lines, the town has several activities that will interest visitors. Museo Didáctico Antonini offers deeper insight into the ancient culture that built the lines and the Maria Reiche Planetarium explores their astronomical significance.Within walking distance of the city are the Inca ruins of Paredones and the stunning, seashell-like aqueducts of Cantayo. Around Nasca, travelers will find more ruins and nature reserves, and the gigantic Cerro Blanco dune, perfect for sandboarding.

Note that you can buy a one-day circuito municipal ticket which covers all three of the Aqueducts, Paredones and El Tellar and can be purchased at any of the sites (adults $3.75, children $1).

19 Jun 2012

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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...

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Reserva Nacional San Fernando

Reserva Nacional San Fernando is a 154,716-hectare (382,312-ac) land and sea national park near San Juan de Marcona. It has two distinct sectors....

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Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Cantayo Aqueducts

In the middle of the desert, huge stone and huarango-wood spirals whirl into the sand. These...

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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...

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

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...

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras

A steep, winding road leads high into the Andes, to Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras (also called Pampa Galeras Bárbara D’Achille) at 4,200...

National Park
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Casa-Museo Maria Reiche

Casa-Museo Maria Reiche

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...

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru
Mirador and Cerro

Mirador and Cerro

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...

Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

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...

Nasca, Peru


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...

Nasca, Peru

Cerro Blanco

Cerro Blanco is not hard to miss in a desert full of dunes, with the Andes rising high beyond. This dune is the highest in the world, looming to a...

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Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Museo Municipal

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

Nasca, Peru
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