Between The Nazca Lines

Nazca, uzun zamandir seni dusluyordum. Peru, hep ruyalarimdaydin. Adini ilk gordugumde, ruyalarima girdiginde henuz 7 yasindaydim. Canim dedem hala hayattaydi ve bizlere hala yeni yeni seyler ogretmeye devam ediyordu. Cok sicak bir yaz gunuydu, ne disari cikilacak ne de iceride durulacak cinsten. Dedem ve anneannemlere gittigimde sicagi unutmak icin yapilacak en zevkli sey, dedemin kutuphanesini kurcalamakti. Ansiklopediler ise en sevdiklerimdi! Simdilerde yerini teknolojiye biraksalarda bu donemin son nesline yetismis olmak yeteri kadar gurur verici benim icin. Iste once Peru’yu gordum sonra sayfalari cevirdikce Amazonlar, Nasca, And Daglari her bir kucuk fotograf buyuk bir hayale donustu benim icin. Buralari gormeli, cocuklugumda kafamda canlandirdigim o mistik havayi hissetmeliydim. Fakat her istedigimi yapabilmek icin cok ama cok kucuktum. Yine de sansimi zorladigimi hayal meyal hatirliyorum. Ailecek yapilacak bir yaz tatili rotasini Peru’ya cevirmek icin ne kadar ugrastiysam da bizimkilerin cocukla tatil fobisine yenik dusmustum. Bu her istedigini yapabilme istegi zaman zaman basima isler acsa da, kararlilik, kafanda hep gercege donusturulmeyi bekleyen hayallerin olmasi cok guzel. Beni taniyanlar kafama bir sey koyarsam eger kacisi olmayacagini cok iyi bilir. Iste 20 yil sonra o 7 yasindaki minik kiz cocugu heyecanliyla Nazca cizgilerini gormek icin saatleri sayiyorum. Bekledigime, geldigime degdi mi? Gelin birlikte gorelim!

Nazca,  I’ve been thinking of you for a very long time. Peru, you’ve been always in my dreams. When I heard your name for the first time, actually read, I was 7. It was a very hot summer day in my grandparents’ house. My grandfather was still alive and he was still teaching many things. Good old days… He had a very big library full of books about many different things. My biggest joy was loosing myself into his books. Especially the ensyclopedias! Although today they are replaced by high technology, they are still a special for me. Nostalgia! I was spending hours in front of them. And one day I saw a mysterical country, Peru. First Amazon Forests, then Machu Picchu, Nazca, Andes… Nazca was special because it was a mystery. A place that preserves its mystery even today. I was too young to go wherever I want but I was sure that one day this dream would come true. Because if I really want something and if I already put that in my mind , there is no way! Voilà! 20 years later, I find myself counting down the hours to get that plane to Nazca Lines and nothing changes, I still have the same enthusiasm of a 7 year-old girl. Was it worth it? Let’s see that together !!!

Sabah 06:00 gibi ayaktayiz. Zaten heyecandan pek de uyudugumuz soylenemez. Ilk merak edilen sey hava durumu. Hemen odadan kafamizi cikartiyoruz ama sis tum gorus acimizi kapatiyor. Hayal kirikligi, heyecan, ofke hepsi birbirine karisiyor. «Tamam artik bizim icin Nazca macerasi baslamadan bitmistir» diyorum. Kahvaltinin umutlari yeserttigi henuz kanitlanamamis olsa da orada o anda belki dedirtiyor bize. Bugun hala o ucakta olma sansimiz var. Havaalanini ariyoruz hemen ve merak etmeyin bugun bu ucusu yapacaksiniz haberini aldiktan sonra yukarida saydigim o uc duygudan sadece bir tanesi hayatta kaliyor: Heyecan! Sabah 10 civarinda binmemiz gereken ucaga 14:00 da biniyoruz (bu yuzden ucus yaptiginiz geceyi de Nazca da gecirmeyecekseniz otobus biletlerinizi mutlaka gec bir saate alin. Burasi Guney Amerika saat kavrami pek de onemsedikleri bir sey degil) Uyandigimiz sisli havadan eser yok. Gunes tepede, gorus acisi mukemmel! Ucusa hazir miyiz?

We’re waking up at 6am. Actually, I can’t say that we had our sleep out due to the overdose excitement. The matter of the day; how is the weather? We were bursting with curiosity. I pop my head out of the window. We see nothing because of the veil of mist. After that moment, three dominant emotion reveal; disappointment, excitement and anger. The mist was so dense that I was sure our Nazca adventure will end hereby. I don’t know if it was the breakfast juice my hopes up or not, but I found myself calling the air company to get current info about our flight. The voice on the line: «don’t worry, you will be on that plane this afternoon. Ring a ding ding !!! Finally, we’re on the plane at 2pm (We were supposed to be at 10am. That’s why, If you leave Nazca after the flight, I suggest you taking a night bus to make certain. Don’t forget you’re in South America 🙂 Now, sun is up, sky is clear. Are you ready to take-off ?

Ucaktan indigimizde eski halimizden eser yoktu diyebilirim. Suc 48 kg olmamda mi (ucaga binmeden once boy ve  kilo olcumu yapiliyor,  eger ucakta olacak 5 yada 6 kisi arasinda en hafifiyseniz sansiniz yok itiraz etmeden en arka koltukta yerinizi aliniz), yoksa israrci pilotlarimizda miydi bilemedim ama bildigim tek sey midemin eski haline gelmesi tam 24 saati buldu. Anlayacaginiz ucaga binmeden once yaninizda saglam bir poset bulundurun ve kahvalti yapmayi aklinizdan bile gecirmeyin. Her sembolun uzerinden cesitli akrobatik hareketlerle defelarca gecmek pek zevkli olmasa da, yillardir heyecanla gerceklesmesini bekledigim bir hayalin uzerine daha cizik atmis olmanin mutlulugu icerisindeydim. Evet, ucus bittiginde tam anlamiyla ayaklarim yerden kesilmisti. Bir daha yapar misin deseler uzerine cok kafa yoracagim kesin ama sadece bir kereligine yasanacak, hayatimin en unutlmayacak, en essiz ucusu bu olsa gerek.

When we deplaned, I can’t say that we were keeping our shape before landing. We were literally “floating on air”. I don’t know if it’s because of my low weigh (Before boarding, they should verify your weigh and as I was the lightest of all, I had to sit at the back of the plane) or the persistant pilots who showed us every sign many times by doing strange acrobatics, the only thing I know that my stomach hardly recovered in 24 hours. Anyway although you feel quite comfortable and sure that everything will be fine, in case keep a plastic bag available in your pocket and don’t have your breakfast beforehand. Although, the flight wasn’t as easy as I’ve had imagined I never dropped my camera in my hands and i did my best to immortalise the moment I was waiting for a long time. Finally I tick off another dream from my bucket list with a big smile on my face. To me, it was an one-time experience that I’d think a lot for the second time but I can honestly say that it’s been the most unforgettable and unique flight of all my life. 

Hangi firmayi secmeli ?

Bir cok ucak sirketi olmasina ragmen tercihimizi oldukce guvenilir ve donanimli gorunen, TripAdvisor  da yapilan yorumlar ve verilen puan da basarili olunca tercihimiz Aeroparacas oldu. Ucus biraz yorucu gecese de her seye ragmen onerebilecegim bir firma. Yarim saatlik ucus kisi basi 100 USD ayrica havaalani ucreti olarak 25 Soles (8USD) odemeniz gerekiyor. Ucusa gecmeden pasaportunuza basilan sirin Nazca damgasi da hatiralarin hatirasi 🙂

Which company we should prefer ? 

Although there are several companies,  Aeroparacas seemed us more secure and well-equipped. Also, high rates and many positive comments in TripAdvisor helped us to decide quickly. The flight was exhausting but still you can choose this company without fear. 30 min. flight costs 100 USD per person plus 25 Soles (8USD) airport fee. Lastly, don’t forget asking the security guard stamp your passport to immortalise your souvenirs.  

One thought on “Between The Nazca Lines

  1. Ezgi guzelimmm.. Okurken resmen heyecanlandim… Neticede ucusu gerceklestirdigini biliyordum ama o gun mu? baska bir gune mi kaldi ? Sinirlarini ne kadar zorladi ? cidden merak icinde okudum.. Nefis deneyim ! 7 yasindan beri hayal ettigin bir seyi gerceklestirmis olmak kulaga da, kalbe de inanilmaz iyi geliyor ! Ne kadar feci pikeler yasamis olsan da bu hayale degmis olmali.. Seni seviyor ve nicesini diliyorum kuzu ! Ve son olarak hala grubu dinlemeye devam… su an Pulpos’a gectim.. hehe (Bir de dusundum de 42 kilo olarak ben de kesin son sirada olacagim o diyarlara gittigimde… Amin ! )

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