Nazca – the first town I really like in Peru

So I arrived in Nazca in the afternoon. Once again I traveled with Cruz del Sur, the luxurious bus company. Since I’m doing this trip in Peru with Green Toad Bus, I already have the busses and bigger activities planned and paid, I would probably have chosen a cheaper company for the shorter trips if I would have done it today…. but I can’t say I’m not satisfied haha. 

Kiwi, my host, picked me up in the bus terminal with his cool Volkswagen-van. It took me 1 minute (or less) to realize that this was someone I will like. So so so so glad.. I was a little afraid to have a bad experience again… but totally the opposite. We went to his apartment and first thing he says is ”Feel like it’s your home!”. The apartment is supercool designed and have writings on the walls from other couchsurfers.  Funny detail, he doesn’t have any chairs because he got tired of them, haha. : )

Kiwis really cool apartment with all the inscriptions from friends and couchsurfers.

Kiwis really cool apartment with all the inscriptions from friends and couchsurfers.

Two of his friends came over and we had a nice hang out there. It’s a nice relaxed atmosphere here in Nazca, a lot of people drops by to say hi or to just hang out, even if Kiwi isn’t there.  :)

In the evening we went for a walk around the small city. We passed by a ”typical house” of how Nazca looked before. This city did also suffer from a big earthquake and all the buildings crashed and had to be restored. It happens every 10-15 years.. I asked if they weren’t tired of rebuilding their houses every time, but were like ”njaeh… we are  used to that, that’s how it is”. Impressive… I mean… I would be much more terrified/sad/scare/dejected/tired If I knew my apartment was going to fall apart every 10-15 years… but it’s also good that they don’t get that attached to material things like an apartment.

The yellow house there at the right is what the typical  nazca house looked like before the last earthquake

The yellow house there at the right is what the typical nazca house looked like before the last earthquake

A woman and her kid in traditional clothing selling nuts and seeds. So sweet!

A woman and her kid in traditional clothing selling nuts and seeds. So sweet!

Anyhow. We walked to the main plaza and sat there during the sunset, it got all dark around 18.30 and it felt like it was like 12 at night… haha. I really like Nazca, such a good vibe. Small city and safe to walk around, friendly atmosphere, nice streets, good food… yeah, I really enjoy Nazca, the first city I actually like here in Peru!

At night we passed by Rubens bar, recently opened, and it was beautiful! It’s 100% made of nature materials, and everything is outdoor. Lovely work. : )

We did some planning about next days trip like what food to buy etc. Then sleepy time!

Rubens bar, decorated really nice!

Rubens bar, decorated really nice!

Next morning I got picked up by a travel agency, they were supposed to pass by sometime between 7 or 8.. so I was ready at 7 of course… but they came 8.30 of course, haha. They took me to the Nazca Airport to take a small airplane over the Nazca Lines..
It is said to be some of the greatest Geoglyphs in the world. There are patterns of animals, insects, humanoid creatures all sketched out in the desert. They were created by the Nazca Culture about 100 years B.C.. but wasn’t discovered until now in the 20th century when it was spotted from a comercial plane. There are so big and on a flat landscape so you need to be in an airplane to see them.

In the airplane! :)

In the airplane! :)

I had company with a nice man, Wil, from Canada. He also had a love in Santa Fe, such a funny coincidence : ) The flight was quite terrible though.. haha. I thought the lines were going to be much bigger and easier to see! But with all the other lines that are there it’s difficult to distinguish such a big area for the figure, and once you found it, try to take a picture of it before the flight has passed it by…. Almost impossible. I felt quite stressed, we had headphones where we heard what the captain said, but it was like ”Left left left, monkey monkey! Right right, Condor! Left astronaut!”. It was better to take pictures of the environment from there, really cool. And also, to fly in a small plane like this, is really cool. But I don’t think it’s worth 100 USD at all…. But since I already had it paid, well well….

 

My favorite, the humming bird! Also the easiest to see because it was painted on a darker ground. Apparently, this is my sign in the nazca zodiacs too! Yay!

My favorite, the humming bird! Also the easiest to see because it was painted on a darker ground. Apparently, this is my sign in the nazca zodiacs too! Yay!

This is more what it looks like when you try to find some geoplyps.. not really sure where they are here.. haha.

This is more what it actually looks like from the airplane… so it’s not to easy to find the Geoglyphs.. Not sure where they are here! Once you do find a figure, you try to zoom in on to take a picture and you also change the contrasts in the computer before uploading it… so I guess that’s why I thought the Geoglyphs were going to be bigger and easier to see.

At noon I met up with Atenas and went to the market to buy fruit, vegetables and cheese, first time I actually visit a market like this to negotiate and buy… so funny, and so cheap!! Much cheaper then in the supermarkets. And fresh! Athena also showed me a fruit (?) called Pacai, that grows in the trees here in Nazca, it looks like a big green bean, you open it up, and there are like sponshy white things inside that are really sweet and tasty. I would never have thought that! So funny to find out things like that.

In the market with Atenas, buying fruits and vegetables. :)

In the market with Atenas, buying fruits and vegetables. :)

Pacai! So sweet and good. The black thing is the seed that's inside the white thing.. haha.

Pacai! So sweet and good. The black thing is the seed that’s inside the white thing.. haha.

Later when we had fixed everything and Ruben and Jul had finished their work, we packed the Volkswagen car and started our little roadtrip to the camping site and the thermal baths.. they are like 35 km from Nazca, but the road there isn’t the easiest, so it took us 1,5-2 hours to get there, haha. The road reminds me of Donald duck and Goofys camping trip with the caravan that we Swedes watch every Christmas on TV, haha. So funny!

That's the road we took with our big wolkswagen..

That’s the road we took with our big wolkswagen..

On the road!

On the road!

Me in front of Rubens car :) Lovely!

Me in front of Rubens car :) Lovely!

We arrived at night, put our tents up and lit a fire. We had a light dinner there and some coffee and spent hours talking, looking into the fire (or playing with the fire on our sticks, haha) or into the sky watching all the stars. I even saw a falling star, woho!!!! So glad I did haha.

Around 23ish  we jumped into our bikinis and went to bath in the nature thermal baths, and it was really warm water!! We spent a couple of hours there to, a little bit of talking but mostly just quietly meditating… so relaxing. I haven’t had a warm shower/bath for that long time in ages…

While we were in the baths, some animal robbed us on our food!! Not everything, but like all the bread, cheese, crackers, avocados… too bad. Haha.

Dancing around the fire :)

Dancing around the fire :)

Bathing at night... it comes really hot water from the tap, thats why I have my feet there.. haha.

Bathing at night… it comes really hot water from the tap, thats why I have my feet there.. haha.

Next morning I jumped in the thermal baths again,  and was there alone for like to hours, just sitting under the falling warm water meditating and feeling completely relaxed.

Ruben went to a house on the other side of the hill, where some farmers live and do cheese.. so we could manage to do a quite complete meal later with comotle, carrots, potatoes, cheese and a salad.. yummy.  After lunch me and Atena did some bracelets and the guys took a bath.. then around 15 we packed our things and started our bumpy journey back to town.

We hang everything in the three :)

Our camping spot and our tree-cloth-hanger :)

Haha. Some sheep  we found on the road!

Haha. Some sheep we found on the road!

Went to the supermarket again, packed my backpack, sat down and talked with Ruben, had some really nice chats about life… then took the 22 bus to Arequipa. I could have stayed here for like 3 days more I think.. I didn’t have time to visit other ”attractions” here in Nazca.. I’m actually sad to leave this lovely town and lovely people… I really hope Arequipa is as good as Nazca.  : )

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