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Bud's Excellent Adventure -- The Nazca Plain

Created by Bud Shope on 09/12/2010 08:00 am

I bussed over to Nazca to see the weird shapes in the desert that have been there for 2000 years. The shapes are large, most are bigger than a football field and can only be seen by airplane to know what they are. The hundreds of  images include monkeys, whale, parrot, hummingbird,dog, possibly a space man,condor,spider etc.  A German woman Maria Reiche (1903-1998) spent nearly 60 years studying and protecting these lines. She theorized the figures were part of a calender and that some shapes were related to constellations.

After flying over the lines I was waiting for a bus and noticed a man who was bleeding a little from a cut on his arm. I offered him a napkin and we started talking. The guys name is David Johnson and it turns out he has been studying the Nazca lines and water in this desert area for 15 years. David has written a book about this. David's theory is that the figures represent where water is under the desert. He has traced many waterways in this area and is convinced this is the reason for these figures. David and I talked for 2 hours on the bus about this fascinating subject.

After Nazca I went to Ica which is a desert full of large sand dunes where i sand railed and sand boarded until I had sand in places i did not know existed.  The next morning I went to nearby Paracus and visited the Islas Ballestas which are beautiful islands full of birds, penguins and sea lions.  A wind storm came up in the afternoon and the whole sky was full of sand so I left early for Lima.

 

Mary Yshikawa who I met in Puno and lives in Lima is going to give me a tour of the city today. Mary sells and leases commercial real estate here in Lima.  Well I am off to my...  Love Bud

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