Cantalloc Aqueduct, Nazca

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Ica Region
Cantalloc Aqueduct, an engineering marvel built by the Nazca civilization, remains in operation even today. The mysterious Nazca people were known only for their skillfully designed artifacts and geoglyphs, which makes this attraction a key to understanding their history and heritage. Carrying water from the mountain springs to the dry desert, the spiral subterranean aqueducts formed an impressive irrigation system, most of which still functions. Observe the helix-shaped structures and the stone work that remains from ancient times, or walk down to the bottom of an aqueduct, filled with clear drinkable water. Using our world travel planner, Nazca attractions like Cantalloc Aqueduct can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This site is not specifically known, but yet very interesting. Go with a guide or find out before on the internet because you won't find any information on the spot. Hydraulic engineering Nazca is very impressive!
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  • We took a tour arranged by Aero Paracas. The guide was knowledgeable and spoke some English. We also visited 3 other sites as part of the tour.  more »
  • These spiral steps give access to the underground aqueducts acting as both wells and maintenance shafts. Apparently, some of the water channels actually went under neath the beds of nearby rivers - no...  more »

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The historic city of Nazca is a regional tourist hub, featuring a good set of accommodations to suit a range of styles and budgets. Primarily located in Zone 3, Nazca's main hotels range from the simple and budget-friendly, to grander, resort-style options, providing an array of amenities including swimming pools, spas, and tour booking services. The pricier and plusher options tend to be newly built, whereas the ones that attract the backpacker crowd are usually set in formerly residential buildings on the town's side streets.
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