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 Localization 449 km south of Lima
 Surface (Km¬≤) 5234.24
 Registered population (2005) 55816 habitants

The Peruvian province of Nasca is one of the five provinces of the Department of Ica.The province has as capital the city of Nasca.

Limits

North: The Provinces de Ica y Palpa (Ica)
South: The Province of Caraveli (Arequipa)
East: The province of Lucanas (Ayacucho)
West: The Pacific Ocean.

Politic Division

The province of Nasca is divided in five districts:

  • Nasca (588 m.a.s.l.)
  • Changuillo (244 m.a.s.l.)
  • El Ingenio (445 m.a.s.l.)
  • Marcona (65 m.a.s.l.)
  • Vista Alegre (585 m.a.s.l.)
Nasca is the second province in geographic extension of the department.

Characteristics

The geography of the Nasca province is characterized by  valleys and rivers (Ingenio, Changuillo, Aja, Socos Tierras blancas, Taruga, Trancas and Porosa), all of them are affluent of the Rio Grande basin. There are  big  pampas and hills typical  of the coastal desert  like the pampa of  San Jose where we can find the famous  geoglyphs  or Nasca Lines. To the East of the province we can see springs that give place to the firsts Andean spurs. In coastal accidents  excels ‚ÄúLA Ensenada de San Fernando‚ÄĚ and the  San Nicolas and San  Juan bays in the south of the province.

Nasca counts with agricultural resourcers (alfalfa, cotton), livestock and mining (gold and
iron).

Paraca: The "paraca" is a strong local wind , the intensity is originated in the Paracas peninsula product of the effects of the atmospheric pressure that comes from the heated of the sand deserts located between Lomas and Ica.

Means of communication

The province of  Nasca has access to the  Panamericana sur (km 443-Nasca city) highway and the Interoceanica highway  that link the mountains and the south of the Peruvian jungle reaching  Brazil and Bolivia.  Seaports: San Juan and San Nicolas (Marcona), where ships of great ton pick the mineral of iron. Airports: ‚ÄúMaria Reiche Neuman airport‚ÄĚ of Nasca (Vista Alegre) and the Airport of Marcona.