The renowned Nazca lines are a group of hundreds of indecipherable geoglyphs engraved in the middle of the Peruvian desert. The different lines and figures have been the subject of debate among archaeologists and scientists for years, giving rise to numerous theories. Some of these theories are more accepted by scientists, while others delve into impossible-to-test theoretical scenarios. The responsible civilizations made the images throughout hundreds of years dating back to 200 B.C. Even some groups of scholars suggest that these were done by two different groups and in separate periods. The different Nazca lines images vary greatly in size, shape, and complexity of the figures. But among all the different lines, geometric images, and zoomorphic figures, the latter are the ones that attract the most attention. Therefore, together with the experts at Machu Travel Peru, we would like to tell you a little about the best Nazca lines images that you can find.
The most important Nazca lines images to appreciate
THE CONDOR IMAGE
The condor geoglyph is one of the most famous and recognizable Nazca lines images. But lately, some expert groups suggest that this figure looks much more like that of a chaucato (a long-tailed nightingale). Precisely this bird tends to hover very close to the lines, making this theory probable. While the Andean condors can be seen more than 100 miles from the area. Similarly, the condor geoglyph is one of the largest and most surprising, reaching 130 meters long and 115 meters wide. The images and words do not do justice to these ancient wonders, so we recommend that you see it with your own eyes. Being in front of them, you will begin to wonder how were the Nazca lines made.
Among the different Nazca lines images, the monkey is one of the most iconic, emblematic, and fun. Another of the representations of foreign fauna. Although monkeys are clear Peruvian inhabitants, they usually live in the jungle regions of Peru. Its mere representation shows the great knowledge of the Nazca civilization. Within a Nazca lines tour, you will be able to appreciate this figure along with many others, being able to contemplate the titanic task of this ancient civilization.
THE ASTRONAUT IMAGE
Almost all Nazca lines drawings are faithful representations of some key animals in the Nazca culture. But there are also some images or figures that are a mystery and the astronaut is one of these. This image appears to be the figure of a human being with large eyes, although some argue that it may be a type of fisherman due to the proximity of the coast. Researchers even believe that it is an image much older than the Nazca culture, belonging to the Paracas culture. If you want to better appreciate the image of the astronaut, you have to fly over Nazca lines.
Peru is home to many species of hummingbirds, with more than 125 recognizable species. The Hummingbird in Nazca lines is one of the easiest geoglyphs to distinguish due to its well-defined wings alongside its long, pointed beak. This incredible Nazca line image is an amazing 320 feet long and 216 feet wide. A giant representation for such a small animal if you think about it.
The Parrot is not so easy to spot, as there are hundreds of other lines traversing the area. But if you have a good eye, you will be able to at least make out its beak and head along with a large crest that protrudes from one side. Unfortunately, the lower part of this image has been altered due to continuous erosion and human manipulation. Despite this, you can still see its wings which are curiously represented by two parallel rectangular shapes. These peculiar designs have shaped many Nazca lines theories.
THE SPIDER IMAGE
While all the Nazca lines drawings are amazing, the spider is one of the most distinguishable figures from the sky. The Nazca spider is about 150 feet long and quite large, it is even very well defined making it very easy to find within the Nazca lines map. This figure is part of a network of lines located on the edge of a trapezoid. One of the best figures to appreciate on your next tour.
It is not surprising that this ancient culture decided to revere this majestic animal, being a culture very close to the coasts. Among the different Nazca lines pictures, the whale has a fairly simple but easily recognizable design. The whales were also represented in some ceramics from the ancient Nazca civilization.
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We hope together with the experts of Machu Travel Peru to have been of help for your next trip to the Nazca lines. Keep in mind that these are not all images, they are just some of the most recognizable. But from the air, you can get an idea of the titanic work that ancient civilizations undertook. If you are looking to know more about our tours of the lines, do not hesitate to consult with our qualified advisors.