TOUR TO THE UNDERGROUND CANAL SYSTEMS AT CANTAYOC

THE CANALS

The prehispanic population living on the desert plains around Nazca built an impressive system of underground Canals in order to take advantage of the only water available to them for the irrigation of their crops. More than 30 of these canals have been identified and many remain in use today. Cantayoc is the area where the best preserved of these canals can be found

THE TOUR

 

Duration: approximately 2 hours

 

You will be collected from your hotel at the agreed time. You will be taken in a private vehicle to the underground canal systems at Cantayoc which are located a couple of kilometers from the centre of Nazca on close to the road to Puquio.

You will be able to see the construction methods used to build these Canals since the populations who built them also constructed many circular spiral access points in order to be able to maintain the Canals, which are located several metres below ground. The tunnels for the Canals are sufficiently large that it is possible to walk along the Canals between the Access points. The water is pure enough for small fish to live in it.

After visiting the canals we shall go to a close by archaeological site called Paredones. This is an Inca site built during the period of expansion in the reign of Inca Tupac Yupanqui between 1471 and 1493 A.D. It had an administrative function to control trade routes between the coast and the highlands.

We shall return to the hotel after this visit

 

COST OF THE TOUR

The Price includes:

  • Pick up from hotel
  • Private transport throughout
  • A professional guide
  • Drop off at hotel
  • Entrance to the canals and archaeological site