The Nazca Lines
Just in case the flight was a bit rough, I had only a cup of tea, before being collected at 7.45am and driven a whole 250 metres to the airport entrance. A short wait, and our airworthy chariot appeared, standing ready to take us on a 30 minute flight over the famous Nazca Lines, a short distance outside the town. I was shown into the front seat, beside the pilot, with 4 other passengers behind me.
From a height, it was possible to see large expanses of the 525 sq km area which has been made famous by this fascinating lines, and identifiable creature figures, together with triangles, rectangles and trapezoids, and other shapes. Most notable figures are the biggest, the Alcatraz, at about 120metres long; the monkey; the dog; the astronaut, laying on the side of a rocky hill; the whale; the condor; the hummingbird; the spider; the spiral; the flower; the reptile; the tree; the hands; the iguana and the parrot. The area is dissected by the PanAmerica Highway, and there is a viewing tower from which it is possible to see the reptile, the tree and the hands. I'll stop there on my way out of town, to have another look.
The pilot made the small plane dip and turn, this way and that, so that we could see the figures and take photos. Well, my photos didn't turn out very well, as I was constantly leaning across the pilot, or behind him, and usually didn't manage to get the camera pointed directly at the object in time for satisfactory results, either chopping the creature in half, having the zoom in too close, or missing it entirely. When I next get near a scanner, I'll scan some sheets I have, showing the creatures and their whereabouts, and include them in this report. It's also a shame that there are so many wheel tracks crisscrossing the area, making it so much harder to identify some of the features.
But it was a fascinating experience, and one I would recommend to other travellers.
So my one night here at the Nido del Condor has now stretched to three, as my computer failed miserably after the rough crossing of the Andes and I've spent so much time searching for the reason, emailing (on the hotel internet machine) a geek friend in Oz (thanks, Taz) for advice, which this morning helped me identify the culprit and solve the problem. I no longer have WiFi, as the wireless network card has died, and was making the system loop, when attempting to boot up. Maybe it's just shaken loose from the connection. I'll have to go inside the laptop and have a look one day, to see if I can fix it. But for now, the laptop is otherwise operational, so I'm trying to get all the website stuff up to date again, while I'm in comfortable surroundings and have the use of LAN access for uploading, as I've now bought a LAN cable today.
It's a hard life, in such pleasant surroundings!