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Nazca town itself is nothing special, its main attraction are the Nazca Lines that lie on the plain just outside of the town.
The Nazca Lines are the main reason to visit Nazca, the local airport is set up mainly for small group flyovers of the lines. The flyovers cost around $45 US per person (November 2007) for a 30-minute, stomach churning flight over the lines. You'll see all the main figures and the pilot will make sure both sides get a good view of each figure. The flights are best in the early morning before the turbulence gets too bad, be warned that it's best not to eat too much before the flight. Flights can be arranged at the airport or with one of the many local tour companies and hotels, in fact you will get mobbed by hawkers the second you get out of the bus station.
There are also several look-out towers that have been built near some of the lines. Although you can only view a few of the lines form the towers the 2 sols entrance is much nicer on the budget compared to the plane tickets. It is also a good option for people that get motion sickness easily.
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Domestic flights arrive at the María Reiche Neuman Airport (NZA). There are no scheduled services however.
Nazca is well served by the major bus companies (Cruz del Sur, Ormeño) from both Lima (approximately 8 hours, $40 US, 1st class (via Pisco (3 hours) and Ica/Huacachina (2 hours)) and Arequipa (approximately 12 hours). Overnight buses from Arequipa are available and very comfortable, costing around $40 US first class.
Should you need to travel any distance around the city taxis are easy to find driving around and cheap.
The centre of Nazca is small and can easily be walked around.
There are a few restaurants ranging from cheap pollerias to higher class around the main plaza, some of the hotels also have restaurants.
Don't forget you can get overnight buses out of Nazca, these may be a cheaper alternative and once you've seen the lines and cemetery there is little reason to stay in Nazca. You can easily arrive in Nazca on the overnight bus from Arequipa, join an overflight, visit the cemetery and get the afternoon bus to Lima arriving about 8pm and completely avoid staying overnight in Nazca.
Rancho Park Hostal Turistico is nice and just a little further out of town than some of the others.
|Hospedaje Brabant||Calle Juan Matta 878||Hostel||85|
|Nasca Trails Hostel||Fermin del Castillo St 637||Guesthouse||85|
|Pirwa Backpackers Nazca||Av. Maria Reiche #304||Hostel||87|
|Hotel Don Agucho||Av. Los Maestros y Paredones 100||HOTEL||-|
|Nasca Lodge||Ignacio Morsesky # 272||HOSTEL||85|
|Friend's House||Calle Maria Reiche 160||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Posada Guadalupe||Calle San Martin 225||Guesthouse||82|
|Hospedaje Roma en Nasca||calle ignacio morseski 499||Hostel||-|
|Casa Hacienda Nasca Oasis||Km. 449 Panamericana Sur||HOTEL||-|
|Hospedaje Yemaya||Jr. Callao 578||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Anccalla Inn S.A.C.||Calle Juan Matta 611||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Mirador de Nasca||Jr. Tacna 436||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafés are easy to find and many hotels/hostels have internet access.
See also International Telephone Calls
Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or a company like DHL which is faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive. UPS for some reason is much more expensive in Peru!
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