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A hotel in Nazca is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Nazca hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Nazca are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Nazca hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Nazca hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Nazca have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Nazca
An upscale full service hotel facility in Nazca that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Nazca hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Nazca hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Nazca
Boutique hotels of Nazca are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Nazca boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Nazca may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Nazca
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Nazca travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Nazca focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Nazca
Small to medium-sized Nazca hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Nazca traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Nazca hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Nazca
A bed and breakfast in Nazca is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Nazca bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Nazca B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Nazca
Nazca hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Nazca hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Nazca
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Nazca hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Nazca lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Nazca
Nazca timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Nazca often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Nazca on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Nazca
A Nazca motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Nazca for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Nazca motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For the archaeological site, see Nazca Lines. For the culture it belonged to, see Nazca culture. For other uses, see Nazca (disambiguation).
Nazca Main Square Garden, at night
Nazca Main Square Garden, at night
Nazca is located in Peru
Coordinates:  / -14.82889; -74.94361
Country Peru
Region Ica
Province Nazca
Elevation 520 m (1,710 ft)
Population (2005)
• Total 27,000
• Estimate (2015) 39,054

Nazca (/ˈnɑːskɑː, -kə/; sometimes spelled Nasca) is a city and system of valleys on the southern coast of Peru. It is also the name of the largest existing town in the Nazca Province. The name is derived from the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 100 BC and 800 AD. This culture was responsible for the Nazca Lines and the ceremonial city of Cahuachi; they also constructed an impressive system of underground aqueducts, named Puquios, that still function today.

Nazca is the capital of the Nazca Province located in the Ica District of the Ica region of Peru.

Nazca: Earthquake

Main article: 1996 Nazca earthquake

On November 12, 1996, at 11:59 a.m. local time (16:59 GMT) there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 with its epicenter at 7.7 km into the sea. The earthquake almost completely destroyed the city of Nasca and its surroundings. Due to its occurrence during the day, there were only 14 fatalities. However, 1,500 people were injured and around 100,000 were left homeless. Within 12 years Nasca has been almost completely rebuilt.

Since 1997, Nazca has been the location of a major Canadian gold mining operation. The indigenous people at the time did not own the rights to their land. As a result, they were forcibly displaced. Since then, there have been several attempts to legalize ancient ownership of land and fixed property.

Nazca: Climate

A fruit stand with sandwiches open early for breakfast in Nazca near the main farmers market

Nazca is one of the most arid regions in the world with an average annual precipitation of 4 millimeters. Nazca's weather is controlled by Humboldt's Current, which carries water from Antarctica up the west coast of South America.

This cold ocean water cools the air and limits the accumulation of moisture within clouds; as a result, though clouds and fog are able to form, there is little rain.

Nazca's temperatures range from 10 to 32 °C with an average daily high of 21 °C. Summer months from November to March are dry, sunny, and hot. During the winter from June to August, fog from the coast rolls over the hills to keep temperatures in the moderate range; however, the intense sun makes daylight hours seem hotter than they actually are.

Climate data for Nazca
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.7
Average low °C (°F) 16.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2

Nazca: History

The city of Nazca

There are two versions of the Spanish foundation. According to the writings of chroniclers, it was founded on October 28, 1548, commissioned by Pedro de la Gasca, peacemaker by Alonso de Mendoza. The other version states that it was founded by the Viceroy García Hurtado de Mendoza, 5th Marquis of Cañete, in 1591.

During the Spanish colonial period, Nazca was known for viticulture, producing wine and grape brandy (aguardiente de la uva), today commonly called pisco for the famous port of the same name - although, locally the brandy is known as Nasca. These products were widely distributed throughout the viceroyalty of Peru and beyond.

The largest of the Nazca vineyards were located in the rich Ingenio Valley, and were property of the Society of Jesus. The hacienda San Joseph de la Nasca, located in the upper part of the middle Ingenio Valley was owned by the Jesuit college of Cuzco, and San Francisco Xavier de la Nasca, in the lower part of the middle valley, was owned by the Jesuit College of San Pablo in Lima. Both of these estates had large enslaved populations of sub-Saharan African descent. In addition to producing wines and brandies, both estates had substantial infrastructure for producing the ceramic storage jars, known as botijas, in which the wine and brandy was transported. Today, the towns of San Javier and San José are known for the ruins of the large 18th-century baroque churches built during the Jesuit administration of these estates. In 1767, following the expulsion of the Society of Jesus by King Charles III of Spain, these properties became royal estates administrated by the Crown.

Nazca Patriots received the Liberating Expedition of General Don Jose de San Martin on October 14, 1820, after the Battle of Nasca escape. Two days earlier, on October 12, the General Juan Antonio Álvarez de Arenales, from Ica, was sent to the South in pursuit of the royal troops of Colonel Manuel Quimper fleeing from Ica, and having as its second and chief of staff of the Division de la Sierra, the Argentine Manuel Rojas Argerich Lieutenant Colonel in command of 250 men: 110 infantry and 140 cavalry.

The town of Nasca was established on August 29, 1821, and later on July 2, 1855, it was elevated to district and then it became a province on January 23, 1941.

Nasca, is as it is called today, has a dry climate, while in the time of the Incas, it was a formidable work of hydraulic engineering, water trayento Heights in underground branches, called aqueducts, which serve to the present, to irrigate farmland and for home use.

Nazca: Nazca lines

Main article: Nazca Lines
Nazca Lines
Underground Cantalloc Aqueducts

The Nazca culture is famous for its desert line drawings. On the ground level, they cannot be discerned, but from a higher elevation, they can be seen forming coherent nature drawings, usually of animals. There are 12 figures in total (some as big as a football field). The UNESCO declared the Nazca Lines World Heritage in 1994.

Nazca: Airport

Nazca has a small airport, the Maria Reiche Neuman Airport, used mainly for touristic flights over the Nazca lines.

Nazca: References

  1. Perú: Población estimada al 30 de junio y tasa de crecimiento de las ciudades capitales, por departamento, 2011 y 2015. Perú: Estimaciones y proyecciones de población total por sexo de las principales ciudades, 2012-2015 (Report). Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. March 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. Ted E Barker (October 2011). Discovering Nazca Peru. ISBN 978-1480220379.
  3. "Climate: Nazca". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  4. Cushner, Nicholas P. 1980. Lords of the Land: Sugar, Wine, and Jesuit Estates of Coastal Peru, 1600-1767. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  5. Macera, Pablo. 1966. Instrucciones para el manejo de las haciendas jesuítas del Perú, ss. XVII-XVIII. Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos: Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Departamento de Historia.
  6. Negro, Sandra. 2005. Arquitectura, poder y esclavitud en las haciendas jesuitas de la Nasca en el Perú. In Esclavitud, economía y evangelización: Las haciendas jesuitas en la América Virreinal. S. Negro and M.M. Marzal, eds. Pp. 449-492. Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  7. Cushner, Nicholas P. 1980. Lords of the Land: Sugar, Wine, and Jesuit Estates of Coastal Peru, 1600-1767. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Media related to Nazca at Wikimedia Commons
  • Nazca travel guide from Wikivoyage

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