The Nazca Lines
Unique geoglyphs drawn in the Peruvian desert, the Nazca Lines are truly fascinating. People often draw similarities between these designs and the so-called crop circles that are found at farms and fields throughout the world. One of the differences, however, is that the geoglyphs in the Nazca desert are enormous, with straight lines that often continue for hundreds of kilometers. And, unlike the crop circles, everyone knows who made them!
Viewed from the air, these Nazca Lines are an incredible site to behold, featuring huge geometric shapes, animal figures, spirals, and seemingly abstract masterpieces. Though these geoglyphs may appear mystical, they were actually made by removing layers of blackened volcanic rock from the desert and exposing the yellowish-tan soil underneath. By removing the rocks, these early artists were able to create their desired design.
Scientists believe that the Nazcans were able to accomplish those long, straight-as-an-arrow lines with the help of 2 stakes and some string, as well as several willing helpers. And while many have hypothesized as to the reason for the geoglyphs, no one truly knows why they were created.
The only way to appreciate the Nazca Lines is to fly over them. A trip to the local airport in the morning hours will present you with myriad opportunities to catch an inexpensive sightseeing flight.