A Truck Damaged the Nazca Lines


Nazca Lines have been around for more than 2,000 years and on last Saturday a truck driver accidentally rode his vehicle over a few of them, causing damages.

This was informed yesterday by the Ministry of Culture, who also explained that the driver will receive penalty charges for these actions.

“The vehicle entered the Pampas de Nazca on January 27 around kilometer 424 of the Panamericana Sur road, in spite of the signaling, affecting the prairie’s surface, including parts of straight-line geoglyphs”, according to Semana.

The people in charge of the security in the Pampas de Nazca intervened the driver and proceeded to report to the authorities (Policía Nacional del Perú de Nazca).

The truck left deep tracks in an area approximately of 100 meters, the Ministry of Culture pointed out. But it’s not the first time these lines, considered a World Heritage Site, have been affected before. In 2015, informed Semana, a man wrote his name on one of the geoglyphs and was put into custody by the prosecutors.

Also, in 2014, Greenpeace activists entered the area where a hummingbird-shaped geoglyph is located and left 45 pieces of fabric with the message “Time for change! The future is renewable, Greenpeace”, reported Semana. They were given a 2-year sentence in prison.

Nazca Lines are about 2,000 years old and consist of geometric and animal shapes carved on the earth that can only be appreciated from above. Their meaning is still an enigma to investigators. The largest figures are up to 370 meters (1,200 ft.) long and they were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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(Cover Photo Ministerio Cultura)

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Ermelinda Maglione

Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.