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The Nazca Lines

Nazca, Peru

Boarded a light aircraft in order to see the famous Nazca Lines from the air. Sophie was totally petrified but we both really enjoyed the pilot swooping down low to show us the various figures etched onto the desert plains.

Various theories exist as to what the figures represent. They are thought to be offerings to the gods made by the pre-Incan Nazca tribe.

For photos - http://picasaweb.google.com/trevallion74/Nazca

For video - http://www.dailymotion.com/trevallion/video/x5yh12_flying-over-the-Nazca-lines_travel

Also visited the Chauchilla cemetery to see the tombs of mummies. Some tribes distinguished themselves by deforming their skulls whilst others grew dreadlocks down to their feet. These characteristics were still clear to see.

Took a tour of a plant for extracting precious metals. In order to separate the mineral from the mercury added they had to crush and mix the two together by way of standing on a plank on a barrel and swaying from side to side. This takes hours so to eleviate boredom they play loud Salsa music and rock in time to it.

For photos - http://picasaweb.google.com/trevallion74/Nazca

permalink written by  billyandsophie on June 20, 2008 from Nazca, Peru
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