The striking miners had blocked the roads with rocks so that I was heading further away from where I wanted to be! Two days later, the miners’ strike (paro) ended. They seemed happy, parading down the street, cheering and holding banners. I was relieved. That meant I would get to fly over the Nazca Lines, one of the main reasons I had come to Peru.
And I rode in the co-pilot’s seat over the Nazca Lines! They say these lines, that make pictures (whale, dog, monkey, bird, etc.) visible from far away, marked irrigation routes. The whale was most like a drawing as it had curved lines. Their creators’ sense of proportion must have been great to create such images, that can only be discerned from the air. Even then, the dog was so huge that it took me forever to spot it.
I had wanted to see the Nazca Lines because of the stories of extraterrestrial help in making these images (geoglyphs) to create road signs for space ships! Although all was rationally explained, it did not dampen my satisfaction in seeing this sight.
The Nazca Lines are a Unesco World Heritage Site, largely due to the research and tenacity of Maria Rieche.
Viktoria Nikitzki of the Maria Reiche Centre warns climate change may damage the Nazca Lines.
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