Discover the Cantalloc Aqueducts in Nazca

nazca aqueducts

From all the things to do in the peruvian desert, the Cantalloc Aqueducts are one of the most important attractions that you simply can’t miss. Located in the Nazca Pampas, these ruins played a great part in the Nazca culture time. Learn everything you need to know about the Cantalloc Aqueducts and make the most of your experience through the desert in Peru.

The Peruvian desert gathers lots of mysteries, natural wonders, and activities worth visiting while traveling through this South American gem, such as:

  1. Flying Over the Nazca Lines
  2. Dune buggy and Sandboarding
  3. Huacachina
  4. Visiting Pisco Vineyards

The Cantalloc Aqueducts in Nazca are of the few places that may have gone unnoticed, keep reading to find out everything about this significant piece of the Nazca culture engineering.

The Cantalloc Aqueducts

cantalloc aqueducts

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

The Cantalloc aqueducts comprehends a system of 35 aqueducts called “Puquios”, characterized by their spiral shape and their 12 meters of depth. These aqueducts were built by the Nazca city using materials such as flagstones and huarango trunks, being this last element 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 would be by bus. Luckily for you, there are many bus routes that pass through Nazca everyday.

We highly recommend Peru Hop to make your way through the main touristy cities of the country, whether you start from Lima, Cusco, Arequipa or Puno. This company is known because of their safety, flexibility, and fun 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!