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May 6th, 2013. – Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez marked a milestone in the world history by being the first athletes to fly over Nazca lines wearing only a wingsuit. Both athletes jumped from a plane at 2,700 high, flying over the immensity of the Nazca desert for more than two minutes, reaching speeds of 190 kilometers per hour. Definitively a more than a privilege view of these famous geoglyphs, recognized worldwide by UNESCO as World Heritage.

“Flying over these giant figures was a unique experience. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories and legends about the Nazca lines. This is the first time someone flies over the lines wearing only a wingsuit, and I think this could be the continuation of the flying man legends that about the Nazca culture.” Commented Cedric Dumont, experienced B.A.S.E jumper, who in 2012 visited Peru for the first time to jump from the Gocta waterfall.

Around 8:00 pm, the wind and light conditions were ideal for Cedric and Jhonathan to jump out of the Sessna 206 specially equipped for skydiving. From there they could fly in freefall using their wingsuits. Both athletes descended 60 miles per second in circles, while enjoying a privileged view of the different geometric and zoomorphic figures drawn by the ancient Nazca habitants thousands of years ago. “The wingsuit allowed us to fly very close to the figures. I feel fortunate to be part of this experience. Definitely the most difficult challenge during this project was to gather the weather, logistics and especially not to violate this World Heritage space.” Said Jhonathan Florez, who owns several world records in skydiving and B.A.S.E. Jumping.

Many legends exist about the Nazcas and their capability to fly. Some anthropologists and historians find it impossible to believe that they have drawn so perfect and huge geoglyphs for their gods to ask them for rain, without having any aerial view of them. These legends are about balloons made ​​of cotton and coal, giant kites and even men with feathers. The main motivation for Dumont and Florez for this project was based in these theories, but their flight today is a fact.

The Nazca Lines

The Nazca desert is 450 kilometers south of Lima, Peru. It is a vast plateau of sand and stone. There are clearly visible lines on its surface, which from a short distance could get confused with roads, but from the air are devised as huge geometric and animal designs. Archaeologists, ethnologists and anthropologists have studied this culture for decades to try to understand the purpose of these figures. The most common hypothesis states that these were created so the gods could see them from the sky. Since 1994, the Committee of UNESCO has inscribed Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana as World Heritage.

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