A tour guide once told me that walking in the Nazca desert in Peru is like walking on the moon’s surface. The dry, windless climate and the particularities of the land in the desert prevent footprints —or any other mark on the ground— from being erased. That is why the Nazca lines, the massive geoglyphs scratched in the desert’s ground about 1,500 years ago, have endured the pass of time. That is also why the entrance to the archeological site is strictly prohibited.
When activists from Greenpeace illegally accessed the site to do a publicity stunt last Monday, they left behind a trail and their footprints. Now, those trail and footprints will reside next to the Hummingbird line, the 67-meter depiction of a bird with a long peak, for centuries to come.
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