Nasca Lines

Nasca lines, or geoglyphs, are massive mysterious drawings on the desert plateaus of Peru that have been talked about since the 1920s when airplanes began to fly between Lima and the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa. Many theories of what they mean or what they might have been used for have been discussed. Scientists and anyone fascinated by ancient cultures thought that they could be Inca roads, irrigation plans, images to be appreciated from primitive hot-air balloons, and sometimes imagined to be landing strips for alien spacecraft. Read the story to find out the latest research.


Make your own giant Nasca line drawing with your class, or with friends!


Illustration: A roadrunner line drawing




1. Make sure each person has a piece of chalk.

2. Using the chalk, draw a grid on the blacktop (see other grid option below). The grid should have as many squares as the line drawing.

3. If there's a group of people, assign a person to an individual square. If you don't have enough people, give each person more than one square (or even a whole row).

4. Copy the lines in the paper square onto the asphalt square with the chalk. Once everyone's done, take a look to make sure everything lines up. You have created your very own Nasca line drawing!

Try drawing your own designs using this grid paper

Grid option: You can also mark off your grid with string. That way your final line drawing won't have grid marks on it.

Text by NG Kids Staff
Illustration by Sara Zeglin