Nazca City

Nazca City (or Nasca) is the capital of the province of the same name in the department of Ica.


Spanish foundation was in 1591 by the Viceroy Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza, Marquis of Cañete.


The city is located in the midst of a very fertile valley and oasis in colonial times had large crops of grapes and grape brandy production, in the area had many black slaves who bequeathed a large Afro-Peruvian tradition, especially in music, dance and meals.


Currently Nazca is a peaceful village of delayed development, whose economy is based on agriculture (cotton and grapes) and trade. Located at 588 m.a.s.l. with a warm, dry climate, known as the city of eternal summer. Affected by earthquakes in 1996 and 2007.


Nazca has a comfortable hotel facilities, restaurants and bars, craft centers, all basic public services, banking and ATMs. It has an aerodrome used only for companies that over flight the Nazca Lines and Palpa lines .


The city of Nazca is a terrestrial communications hub to be at the point of connection of the South Pan-American Highway and Interoceanica Highway will permed bus service to the cities of Lima, Ica, Arequipa and Cuzco. ( see how to get to Nazca )


Antonini Didactic Museum:

Located in Avenida La Cultura N° 600. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

A collection of archaeological pieces of the different stages of the Nazca culture as well as trophy heads, musical instruments like pan flutes, textiles, mummies, etc. are exhibited in this museum. These discoveries are the result of the excavations done in Cahuachi, the largest mud maid ceremonial center in the world. The museum also provides the chance to see the Bisambra canal, which shows the magnificent hydraulic engineering work of the Nazcas.


Maria Reiche Planetarium
Jr. Bolognesi N° 147.

Small Planetarium, located inside the Hotel Nazca Lines. Give talks on the Nazca lines and projections of them onto a vault can observe constellations, stars and planets and explains the relationship they had the Nazca with the stars and their position in the southern hemisphere.


Nazca Feasts:

  • Nazca Anniversary (January 23)
  • Tourism Week (2nd week of May)
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (29 August - 10 sietiembre)
  • Chaku Ceremony - Pampa Galeras - (November)


Gastronomy in Nazca:

  • El bufo or charapana: offal stew
  • Sangre de Cristo: Pomegranate Salad
  • Patita con maní
  • Grape spirits as cachina, chinchivi, guarapito, pisco and wine.


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