A pricey but spectacular way of seeing the Lines – and arguably the only way to fully appreciate them – is to fly over them. Flights can be arranged with tour companies in Nasca or directly at the Nasca airstrip (where they depart), about 3km south of Nasca (at Km 447 on the Panamericana highway), and cost from $45–250 a person depending on the season, the size of the group, how long you want to spend buzzing around (eg if you want to include Palpa lines as well) and how much demand there is on the day. Flights can last from ten minutes to a couple of hours, with the duration of the average package being 30–45 minutes. Bear in mind that the planes are small and bounce around in the changeable air currents, which can cause airsickness, and that you’ll get a better view on an early morning trip, since the air gets hazier as the day progresses. There have been fatal accidents in recent years, so prices and regulations continue to increase. Many hotels and tour agencies will book a flight for you and arrange transport to the airport from your hotel.
Aeroica Best booked from the Hotel La Maison Suisse, opposite the airport outside Nasca (01 445 0859 or 034 522434, aeroica.net).
Alas Peruana Based at the airport (056 522444 or in US +1 800 548 5486, alasperuanas.com). They can also fly in from Ica or Lima.