Nazca Lines tower view

This item appears on page 77 of the January 2013 issue.

Visitors can view a few of Peru’s Nazca Lines from an observation tower, the Mirador, located along the Pan American Highway 20 kilometers north of the city of Nazca. The steel tower is 13 meters (39 feet) tall, and from the viewing platform at the top of the steps, the “hands,” “tree” and (a bit of a) “reptile” geoglyphs can be seen.

Maria Reicher used the tower during archaeological work in 1976 and donated it to the state for tourism use. Access is free.