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Paredones de Nazca

Paredones, Cantalloc Aqueducts & Looms

Half Day Tour: Historical Min: 2 persons
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Description Tourism in Ica Paredones and aqueducts

With the Tourism in Ica Paredones and aqueducts or tour of “Paredones, Cantalloc Aqueducts & Loom”, you will be able to know and visit 03 enigmatic places that keep great historical value.

LOS PAREDONES, is an archaeological site of the Inca culture that is located near the city of Nazca, the site was characterized for being an administrative control center between the coast and the highlands during the period of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, approximately between 1471-1493 AD.

The architecture is characterized by the use of rectangular adobe bricks with a carved stone base. It has a large trapezoidal plaza as a central element, administrative buildings, warehouses, barracks, ceremonial or sacrificial area, watchtower and others.

EL TELAR or TEXTILE COMPLEX, can be appreciated from a hill, these geoglyphs (carved in the earth) are divided into 3 groups. The first is characterized by trapezoidal traces that at a certain point are connected. The second, located at kilometer 4 of the Puquio highway, is known as Las Agujas or Los Ovillos, names given by the shape of its traces. Other constructions have ovoid, rectangular and conical shapes.

THE CANTALLOC AQUEDUCTS are aqueducts built by the Nazca culture and located 4 km north of the city of Nazca. More than 46 aqueducts were built and used all year round. They are part of a system of aqueducts of the same type (called “puquios”) built by the Nazca people themselves.

A Puquio is a water spring that is part of an old aqueduct system near the city of Nazca. Of 36 puquio they built, most are still functioning, bringing fresh water into the desert.

The aqueducts ensured the water supply to the city of Nazca and the surrounding fields, allowing the cultivation of cotton, beans, potatoes, corn, etc. in an arid region. It was built with flagstones and huarango trunks. The aqueducts of Cantalloc have ventilation wells with spiral forms that go down to the subsoil use that allows to obtain subway water.

Enjoy Ica Tourism Paredones and Aqueducts


  • Ica (406 masl)
  • Paracas (7 masl)


Day 1: Nazca – Administrative Center – El Telar – Cantalloc Aqueducts

  • Beginning of the Nazca Paredones Tour: 08. 00 hrs We will pick you up at the hotel in Nazca, we will visit 03 enigmatic places that keep great historical value: the Administrative Center known as Paredones; which is located 2 km from the city of Nazca, this place was a reoccupation of the Inca culture because previously lay a Nazca Occupational Center (housing); its structure consists of numerous rooms, terraces, squares and small squares; its buildings have a stone base and adobe walls.
  • Then we will go to an archaeological site known as the “Needles”, located 3.5 km from the city of Nazca, geoglyphs on the side of a hill that resembles a loom by the shape of the lines that intersect and a figure in the form of a spiral that would represent the ball of wool.
  • Tour of the Cantalloc Aqueducts of Nazca: Finally we will visit the Cantalloc Aqueducts, located 5 km from the city of Nazca where you can observe the wonderful hydraulic constructions made by the ancient inhabitants of Nazca and that are still working today.
  • 10.40 hrs At the end of the excursion, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel in Nazca.




  • Transfer IN/OUT
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional bilingual guide


  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Income S/. 10.00
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips


  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sun protection (factor 35)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Mineral water and snacks
  • Camera and camcorder
  • Batteries



Paredones, Cantalloc Aqueducts & Loom


Minimum 02 people


  • Transfer IN/OUT
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional bilingual guide

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Frequently Asked Questions about Paredones, Cantalloc Aqueducts & Loom

María Reiche was an eminent German mathematician, geographer, and archaeologist who became a pivotal figure in the research and preservation of the famous Nazca Lines in southern Peru. Her importance lies in the following aspects:

Research and Study: María Reiche devoted a significant portion of her life to the study and investigation of the Nazca Lines. She conducted meticulous measurements, mathematical analyses, and geographical studies to comprehend the dimensions and arrangement of these enigmatic figures in the Nazca Desert.

Conservation and Protection: María Reiche became a passionate advocate for the Nazca Lines and tirelessly worked to shield them from harm and destruction. Her commitment contributed to the preservation of this archaeological heritage.

International Awareness: Through her research and outreach efforts, María Reiche succeeded in making the Nazca Lines known internationally and piqued the interest of the scientific community and tourists from around the world.

Honorary Peruvian Citizenship: In recognition of her dedication and contributions, the Peruvian government granted María Reiche the title of honorary citizen of Peru and her definitive naturalization in 1992.

At the María Reiche Museum, you can glimpse into the life of María Reiche through photographs, her former study cabin, and her belongings, such as photographic cameras and measuring instruments. Additionally, you will find information about her studies and research on the Nazca lines and figures.

From the Nazca Lines Viewpoint, two famous figures are clearly visible: the tree and the hands. You can also observe various geometric figures and straight lines traversing the Nazca Desert.

In general, it is not necessary to make advance reservations to visit the María Reiche Museum and the Nazca Lines Viewpoint. These tourist sites are usually open to the public and allow the entry of visitors during their regular operating hours. However, it is advisable to check the updated policies and schedules before your visit, as circumstances may change.

The tour to the María Reiche Museum and the Nazca Lines Viewpoint typically lasts for approximately 3 hours, from hotel pickup in Nazca to the return to the same hotel. During this time, visitors have the opportunity to explore the museum, learn about María Reiche’s life and work, and then enjoy panoramic views from the Nazca Lines Viewpoint, where they can observe the famous figures and lines in the desert.









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