Peru’s famous Nazca Lines grabbed the spotlight on social media recently after the discovery of a
hitherto unknown massive carving –– that of a resting cat on the slope of a steep hill.
The Nazca Lines are a group of very large geoglyphs made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
They were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE by people making depressions or shallow incisions in the
desert floor, removing pebbles and leaving differently coloured dirt exposed.
Most lines run straight across the landscape, but there are also figurative designs of animals and plants. The
figures include pelicans (the largest ones sized around 935 feet long), Andean Condors (443 feet), monkeys (360
feet), hummingbirds (165 feet), and spiders (150 feet).
There are also geometric shapes, such as triangles, trapezoids and spirals, and some have been associated with
The Lines were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.