The 7 1/2 hour Cruz del Sur bus ride from Lima to Nazca (no flights are available), was quite comfortable, with a small lunch service and plenty of desert scenery. Occasionally, we were near the coast and could see the southeast Pacific Ocean. The vast desert vistas made the few green farming valleys all the more beautiful. The housing, buildings, and transportation were reminiscent of what we had seen in India.
We arrived in the town of Nazca around 3:00 p.m. and checked into the Nazca Lines hotel. It was a sharp contrast to what we saw upon entering the city. At night, the hotel puts on a little planetarium show which links astrology to the ancient Nazca civilization. Following the presentation we were able to view the moon through a powerful telescope. From the rooftop of our hotel, we could catch a view of the Cerro Blanco - the largest sand dune in the world, reaching 6791 feet above sea level! Notice the thatched-roof homes and typical street scenes.
Walking back to our hotel, we enjoyed wandering through the local market. The unique karaoke building caught my eye.
|Tree and Hands|
|Spiral as used in the typical "P" of "Peru" logo|
Because of Peru's long history of gold mining and production, we stopped at a place that still refines gold in a traditional manual process. Michael and I each purchased a wide gold ring made of the gold, which replicates many of the Nazca Line figures. It makes for a great conversation piece!
There are many people that claim Peru was once home to the Nephite and Lamanite nations as recorded in The Book of Mormon. Near Nazca, there is an archaeological complex called Cahuachi where great pyramids, temples and ceremonial sites are being unearthed. Whether or not this is the famed city of Zarahemla, as President Douglas and others believe, Peru will always be a land of discovery and home to a diverse, humble and faithful people. May God's blessings be upon them as they choose to learn more about Him and obey His will.