Peru’s southern coast was once home to two of the most fascinating cultures to ever roam the Americas: the Nasca and the Paracas. These two civilizations left unique imprints on the churches, haciendas, cities and petroglyphs that decorate the arid hillsides of these mysterious landscapes.
Figures on the desert floor
The nasca culture and the center of Cahuachi
Nasca lines, blooming trade, and El Nino
This ceremonial centre housed the elite, who influenced the culture’s religious ideology, eventually leading to the creation the Nasca Lines. The Nasca developed artistic aesthetics that included textiles, ceramics, and metalurgy. Their cultural influence extended north to south, from Arequipa in the Central Sierra, into the Amazon and south to Chile. Evidence can be seen in the feathers, animals, and minerals that they traded to distant civilizations. Their civilization fell apart in the 7th Century due to a particularly strong El Nino weather phenomenon, bringing intense rain and massive landslides.
One of their greatest marks: agriculture and working with water
Farmers and cities of stone
Post-Nasca archaeological sites
The Spanish take control
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