2000 years ago, in pre-Inka times, the inhabitants of Nazca developed a system of underground aqueducts to irrigate dry lands that lacked of surface water. Thus, they were able to combat the ever-growing dessert. The system is unique in Peru and perhaps in the whole world. In spite of the harshness of the desert, in the Nazca region still exist over 30 underground channels, which are used by local farmers, who grow mainly cotton, corn, beans and potatoes, as well as a variety of fruits. In addition to the channels, nearby visitors may also see various lines etched on the desert floor representing geometric forms, as well as the Inca ruins of Paredones.
Photo Gallery of the Channels of Cantayo.
This tour can be done at any time during the day. Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel at the designated time and afterwards we will drive towards the area of Cantalloc. On the way we will see the Inca ruins of CAXAMARCA, an Inca building used in the past as a resting place. Today local people call this place Paredones, which was built long ago when the Incas expanded their empire on the Nazca Valley. Here we will tour around this Inca citadel and our local guide will provide a good insight about Inca history. Later on, we will visit a sector known as the needles, where it is possible to observe a huge trapezoid from the top of a little hill. Here you will be able to be very close to a genuine Nazca trapezoid and will also get a good insight into the meaning of the Nazca Lines. Afterwards, we are going to visit the ancient channels of Cantayo. On this place we will walk around for about 40 minutes, visiting the enormous spirals holes and also the channels. Our guide will explain how the Nazca people built all these channels and also will take us for a stroll in the surrounding fields to see some crops produced by the native community. End of the tour.
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3 hours approx.
09:00 hrs. / 15:00 hrs.
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Archaeological Attractions in Nazca
Would you like to explore an ancient cemetery over 2000 years old ?
Explore with us the Death Valley in Nazca and discover one of the most bizarre cemeteries ever found in Peru. Travel across the desert and enjoy great Peruvian natural sceneries, passing old native communities and strange desert forest. This is a unique tour, where no many tourist have ventured before, it is an ideal place for those in search of things shrouded in mystery !!!. In addition to the mummies and old tombs, this tour also offers the great chance to visit the metallic tower or mirador to see two of the famous Nazca Lines drawings.
Guided Excursion to the Temples & Pyramids of Cahuachi in Nazca
The Ceremonial city of Cahuachi is located about 28 kilometres away from the modern city of Nazca, at the lower section of the Nazca Valley, virtually in the middle of the desert. Since 1982 the Italian Archaeologist Giuseppe Orefeci has begun a tireless work uncovering the ancient city of the Nazca people. The archaeological complex covers an area of 24 square kilometres and within its territory exist huge pyramids, temples and platforms, which are brought to light year by year by Giuseppe Orefeci and his team. Click on the image to learn more.
Guided Tour to the Antonini Museum at the Italian Research Center
Don't miss this great opportunity to visit one of the best museums we have on the southern coast of Peru. The Antonini museum houses the discoveries of the Italian Archaeologist Giuseppe Orefeci, who have worked in the zone of Nazca for over 20 years. The Museum Antonini displays ancient relics found at the ceremonial centre of Cahuachi, among the remains you can see well preserved mummies, trophy heads, fine textiles and colourful ceramics, including a nice collection of musical instruments made of clay and bones. For further details click on the image.