Lima, the capital of Peru, the Lake Titicaca, the Andes and the coast,
there spreads a partly flat, partly hilly desert, which is passed through
by several oasis-like river valleys. The extremely dry stone desert
(Pampa) around the small towns of Nazca and Palpa is famous for its
mysterious hugh signs and drawings on the ground called geoglyphs,
which the ancient inhabitants created on mountain slopes, plateaus and over all in
the pampa long before the Inka period. They can be found from 80 m over
sea level along the lower Río Grande
up to 990 m high on plateaus in the mountains, most of them lying in
nearly flat pampa about 500 m. Allover spread map
Caution: Searching can make obsessive! But "smaller" drawings, so the monkey (ca. 30 m), are only partly visible in satellite images and mostly nearly not to recognize. Also some lines, which may be as narrow as a hand, will remain unvisible. – Destination of coordinates
No navigation bar below? Click Start Nazca lines, please! The first published actual overall distribution map of geoglyphs in the drainage of Río Grande:
This map is not complete, because the conditions for preservation and visibility are very different, and it will be accomplished then and when. So, figural drawings are only recognizable in the satellite images to a minor part and are omitted here. Linear elements are not ever surely to distinguish from track traces of newer times. Some elements are drawn after Karsten Lambers' publication and the Nazca GIS of Dresden technical university, some entrances are according personal informations.
The colours: brownish orange lines; bright blue / dark blue rectangular fields less/more than 40 m broad, bright red / dark red triangular or trapezoid fields less/more than 40 m broad (maximum). Yellow is an Inka road. Green is the today arable land, blue the rivers, from which only a part flows the whole year.
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