On the desert plains of the Nazca Plateau in Southern Peru, the Nazca Culture drew huge line drawings or geoglyphs.
So why did the Nazca People draw these fantastic pictures that they could not even see from the ground? And how did they get the pictures so exact?
According to researchers, more than thirty Nazca line drawings (geoglyphs) have been found so far plains or "Pampas" of Nazca.
The predominant figures are of marine and land animals as well and numerous geometric shapes and some human figures.
The actual drawings are smaller in number than the geometric designs.
The many geometric designs consist of hundreds and hundreds of lines, triangles, and quadrangles that cover large tracts of land.
The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards.
Among the larger geoglyphs are
Just imagine: the large figures are the length of over 3 football
fields in size!
On the other hand are the smaller line drawings such as a spiral that is only 3 meters (apx 10 feet) long.
Some of the more notable Nazca line drawings represented are:
* The Frigate Bird
* The Lizard: It measured 188 meters long. However, its hind legs were erased when the construction of the Pan-American highway divided the drawing in two.
* The Monkey: One of the most well-known Nazca Line drawings, this monkey has only nine fingers and has a spiral-shaped tail.
* The Spider
* The Hummingbird: This is another one of the most well-known geoglyphs, most famous for its harmonious proportions.
* The Giant Bird or Condor: This figure shows a large snake-necked bird whose beak points to the rising sun.
World Heritage Sites in Peru
* In 1995 UNESCO declared the Nazca lines a World Heritage Site. List and photos are courtesy of Wikipedia contributors.
* Huascaran National Park
* Manu National Park* Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca (Nazca) and Pampas de Jumana
* Rio Abiseo National Park
* Sacred City of Caral-Supe