When we first arrived at the little airport in Nasca to fly over the Infamous Nasca Lines, I met a shaman named Apu-Yaku which translates in Quechua to Mountain-Water. The Nazca lines are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings in the Peruvian desert. They were made by the Nazca people, who flourished between 200 BC and 600 BC.
He asked me in Spanish to do “Haman-Ku” which I figured out means essentially, “Yin-Yang” with our hands. It was interesting that a lot of the beliefs of the Quechua people are very similar to Buddhism and Eastern Medicine and Spirituality.
Here, Apu-Yaku is using three coca leaves as part of the blessing to Pacha-Mama, or Mother Earth.
His flute and music was part of the blessing to Pacha Mama.
He is now preparing to toss the coca leaves into the wind for Pacha Mama. I loved his head piece made out of Condor feathers and local stones.
This is the view from our little Cesna plane flying over the ancient Nasca Lines. There are over 900 different drawings that are visible, this one is a Ballena, or whale.
Not only are there Geo-glyphs, but there are huge trapezoids and geometrical lines and shapes visible from the sky. These lines are actually the most impressive, because they span for miles and are perfectly straight and symmetrical. The lines dwarf the drawings of the animals from the sky.
Here is my favorite one I saw, he looks like a little Alien man waving to the sky on the side of a mountain.
This one if you look closely, is a monkey with a spiral for a tail. The spiral shape is very sacred to the ancient people of this area. It is the shape of their aquaducts and has many meanings to them.
Here is a view of an intersection of many geometric lines and shapes from the sky. It truly is amazing how these people were able to do this thousands of years ago.
This particular mountain is a huge mystery to archeologists. The people had to cut off the tops of the mountain chain here and flatten it to draw this hummingbird design. No one knows where the mountaintops went. There is no evidence of the missing rocks or earth that was moved.
This is an Arana, or a spider and it is perfectly symmetrical from above.
This is another geoglyph of a huge bird.
These are two of the smallest pictures, one of a tree and the other of hands. You can climb on a nearby tower here from the ground to see these, but even then you really can’t appreciate the sheer vastness of the lines unless you are up in a plane.
Sarah and I posing by our own private Cesna after our flight.
Apu-Yaku showing us his personal museum of fossils, mummies and artifacts that he and his people have collected over the years. This is a whale bone that they found in the middle of the desert from 2 million years ago when this region used to be a huge ocean.
A mummified head of a woman. We saw MANY of these.
Two mummified Parrots…from a time when this desert used to be a jungle and ocean.
Sarah having energy work done by Apu-Yaku. He used a condor feather, rattle and flute during our meditation.
Apu-Yaku was centering my chakras and expelling my negative energy.
He told us that the Ancient Incan people shook hand in a figure eight similar to this. It is because it completes the “circuit” of energy that goes through our bodies. So we were completing the circuit here.
Warrior princess Laura.
This is actually the most ancient form of a “database” that has been discovered. The Incas used to keep track of all of their people with these huge ropes on a string. Each knot would represent the number of children, family members and even dates of when people were born or died, so they could keep track of their people.
Warrior Princess Sarah.
This is our first, but not the last, time of playing dress-up while in Peru. Apu-Yaku our shaman dressed us up like the local Indian women, each with a staff, dress, and headdress.
An ancient Incan fire pit in the shape of their cross. The circle represents Pacha Mama, Mother Earth, and the three-stepped pyramid shape represents the Underworld, the Earth and the Heavens.
Apu-Yaku in front of his museum door, showing some of the ancient Nasca Line drawings depicted on the doors.
The drawings of the Indians in this region are SO vastly different than what you see in the rest of Peru. They are very cartoonish and tribal looking. The crazy thing is that they show lots of monkeys and sea life, that are clearly not living there now in the desert.
We literally saw real mummified heads EVERYWHERE. Here we are in a ceramics workshop and amongst the pots and bowls on the shelves was a baby girl’s mummified head sticking in a bowl of sand like decoration…so bizarre!
These are ACTUAL pieces of pottery recovered from an archeological site and pieced back together from thousands of years ago…AMAZING.
These are the examples of the local rocks and how they make their glazes and pigments for their pottery. They are still making their ceramics as their people did thousands of years ago. No machines are used, everything is ground, shaped and cooked by hand.
I loved this pot shaped as two lovebirds..I am SUCH a wedding photographer!
These plates and vases are exact replicas made of actual pottery found in graves from thousands of years ago in this region.
I just loved this crazy man pot:)
Here is a view of the largest sand dune in the world in Huacachina, from Nasca.
We weren’t supposed to be on the actual Nasca Lines on the ground, but we snuck over there anyway. The lines are actual made by rocks that are pushed as borders to shape the lines. The actual rocks are made up of crystals and glass in the lines and are considered sacred. I took a rock…which is now in my home and you can just FEEL the energy there.
The ancient Aqueducts that the Indians built thousands of years ago and are still used today to tap into an underwater stream.
Again here is the spiral shape used by the Pre-Incas. I climbed into the water hole at the bottom and it felt SO good!
This is a cactus farm, which is used to farm a flower which creates a pigment used for lipstick and other make-up products.
The Ancient Spiral Aqueducts reflected in Sarah’s glasses.
It’s amazing that these stone walls have perfectly lasted for 2,000 years.
Pachora, our driver, took this photo of Sarah and I from the bottom of an Aqueduct.
I just HAD to take a picture of this. EVERY car we saw has tons of stickers all over it and was personalized with the name of the driver, his family member’s names, and just weird random cartoons. It looked like a car a 16 year old would have, but EVERYONE did this to their cars.
A local market with Chicken ready to buy…um, no thanks.
A whole family on a motorcycle. We saw this a lot.
An ancient family portrait depicted in a geoglyph on the side of a mountain.
Believe it or not, this is part of a giant clam fossil in the side of a mountain. Everywhere in these mountains they are finding fossils from when this region was once an ocean millions of years ago.
Sarah and I enjoying the view as we left Nasca..Such a magical bizarre place. There is SO much energy there!