Cantalloc Aqueducts in Nazca: Everything You Need To Know!

Learn everything you need to know about the Cantalloc Aqueducts in Nazca and make the most of your experience through the desert in Peru.

From all the things to do in the Peruvian desert, the Cantalloc Aqueducts are one of the hidden gems that you shouldn’t miss. Located in the Nazca desert, these ruins played an important role in the ancient Nazca culture. Today they often go unnoticed, but still offer an unforgettable experience to those who visit. Keep reading to find out everything about this significant piece of the Nazca culture engineering.

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The Cantalloc Aqueducts

cantalloc aqueducts

Located 4 kilometers away from Nazca center lie the Cantalloc Aqueducts, an impressive example of ancient engineering that dates back to more than 1,500 years ago. These aqueducts were used to ensure the supply of water to the city and the crops lands, which local farmers used to cultivate potatoes, beans, corn, and more plant species. 46 aqueducts were found around the area, from which only 32 are currently functioning.

The Cantalloc aqueducts comprehends a system of 35 aqueducts called “Puquios”, characterized by their spiral shape and their 12 meters of depth. They were made up of materials such as flagstones and huarango trunks – a tree that grows in this arid lands recognized by its resistance to water erosion.

These are others of the aqueducts found within the Nazca region, known by its different designs and purpose: Bisambra, Achaco, La Gobernadora, Aja, Curve, Orcona, Santo Cristo, El Pino, El Pampon, and Ocongalla.

How to Get to the Cantalloc Aqueducts?

To visit the Cantalloc Aqueducts one must be in Nazca since this city is located 7 hours from the capital. Unfortunately, the airport in Nazca is mainly used for tourism, specifically for the flight over the Nazca Lines. At the moment, the only way to get to Nazca is by bus. Luckily for you, there are many bus routes that go to Nazca everyday.

We recommend Peru Hop buses to travel to the main destinations in Peru such as Nazca and Huacachina. This company is known because of their safety, flexibility, and comfort while traveling in Peru; offering a variety of passes, allowing you to discover the real Peru without missing any of the attractions in-between.

Nazca is only 2.5 hours away from Huacachina, learn everything about it while you’re here, from how to get there, what to do, and more!

Nazca lines viewing tower

As aforementioned, the desert in Peru gathers lots of different attractions that you simply can’t miss. Experience the best adventures within these remote locations and make the most of your time in Peru!