Peru’s Nazca Lines

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The Nazca Lines in the desert of southern Peru are a series of large designs etched into the arid ground. These designs, called geoglyphs by historians and archaeologists, depict animals, plants and geometric figures and are believed to have been a part of astronomical or religious rituals. Although the exact origins of the Nazca Lines are unknown, some scholars believe they were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. In 1994, they were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The figures can be seen by plane, from atop the surrounding foothills, and through the photos and videos of Instagrammers fortunate enough to have made the trek.