The Nazca Lines with BASE jumper Cédric Dumont

Cédric Dumont and Jhonathan Flórez perform a first wingsuit flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
By Khalil Emede
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Flightplan
Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez prepare their performance at the Nazca Lines in Nazca, Peru on May 4th, 2013
Flightplan BASE jumping pair Cedric Dumont, of Belgium, and Jhonathan Florez, of Colombia, finalise their preparations for the flight in Nazca, Peru, which took place on May 4. © Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool
Ready for take-off
Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez relax before their performance over the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru, on May 6th, 2013.
Ready for take-off Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez relax before taking off in a Sessna 206 at around 8pm. © Enrique Castro Mendivil/Red Bull Content Pool
View from the air
Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez analyze their route over the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru on May 4th, 2013
View from the air A vast plateau of sand and stone, the Nazca desert is 450 kilometres south of Lima. The desert famously includes a series of geoglyphs which from the ground maybe confused with roads but which from the air are discernable as huge geometric designs and animal shapes. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
Time to go!
Cedric Dumont flys over the Nazca Lines in Nazca, Peru on May 6th, 2013
Time to go! With the wind and light conditions perfect, Cedric Dumont leapt from the plane at a height of 2,700 metres above the ground. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
Man and machine
Cedric Dumont flys over the Nazca Lines in Nazca, Peru on May 6th, 2013
Man and machine "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 has flown over the lines wearing only a wingsuit," said Dumont. © Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool
Rapid descent
Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez fly over the Nazca Lines in Peru on May 6th, 2013
Rapid descent During freefall, the pair descended at a speed of 60 metres per second, swooping across the Nazca desert for more than two minutes and enjoying a very privileged view of the geometric and zoomorphic figures devised by the ancient Nazca civilization thousands of years ago. © Balasz Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool
Spider chart
The Spider part of the famous Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru on May 4th, 2013
Spider chart Archaeologists, ethnologists and anthropologists have studied the Nazca lines for decades to try to understand the purpose of these figures. The most common hypothesis states that these were created in order to communicate with the gods and ask for rain. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
Happy ending
Cedric Dumont and Jhonathan Florez Chill out before performing at the Nazca lines in Nazca, Peru on May 5th, 2013
Happy ending "The wingsuit allowed us to fly very close to the figures. I feel very fortunate. The biggest challenge was to take into account the weather and especially not to damage this World Heritage site," said Jhonathan, who now has another record to add to his achievements in skydiving and BASE jumping. © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool
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