Things to do - general

Enjoy this amazing wine & pisco tasting tours in Ica, a place with most celebrated pisco places around the globe, where you’ll enjoy glass after glass of perfectly balanced acholados, and quebrantas. And reds, whites, and rosés.

Capital of the department and surrounded by sand dunes, Ica is a surprisingly large and bustling colonial town, given the scorching desert sun its inhabitants have to contend with. Like Pisco, most of the principal attractions are located beyond the city. Ica is known primarily for its bodegas, wineries that produce a range of wines and pisco, the white-grape brandy that is the essential ingredient in the national drink, the ubiquitous pisco sour (served as a welcome drink at bars, hotels, and restaurants throughout Peru). Also welcome to travelers in the unrelentingly dry, sandy pampas of the department is the Huacachina Lagoon, a pretty and unexpected oasis amid palm trees and dunes on the outskirts of Ica. In Ica proper is a small collection of interesting colonial mansions and churches, as well as the surprisingly excellent Museo Regional, with some splendid exhibits on the area’s rich archaeological finds.
The Paracas Bay and Peninsula, along with the small Ballestas Islands, compose the Paracas National Reserve, a place of gorgeous unpopulated beaches, strange desert vistas, and spectacular wildlife. Established in 1975, Paracas is the primary marine conservation center in Peru. The 14,504-sq.-km (5,600-sq.-mile) reserve, which can be visited year-round, is about two-thirds ocean, so don’t come expecting to see a zoolike array of plants and animals at every turn, except on the Ballestas, where several thousand sea lions, in addition to many other species, lie about in plain view.
The primary focus of a visit to the reserve is a boat tour of the Ballestas (pronounced “Bah-yes-tahs”) Islands. Although the islands can’t possibly live up to locals’ touting of them as the “Peruvian Galápagos,” the Ballestas do afford tantalizing close-up views (without allowing visitors on the islands) of the habitat’s rich roster of protected species, including huge colonies of barking sea lions, endangered turtles and Humboldt penguins, red boobies, pelicans, turkey vultures, and red-footed cormorants. During the summer months (Jan-Mar), baby sea lions are born, and the community becomes even more populous and noisy. The wall-like, cantilevered islands are literally covered with birds; 110 migratory and resident seabirds have been documented, and the bay is a stopover point in the Alaska-Patagonia migration route. Packs of dolphins are occasionally seen slicing through the water; less frequently, humpback whales and soaring Andean condors can also be glimpsed.
Nasca (also spelled Nazca) would just be a dusty little desert town of little interest were it not for the strange presence of massive, mysterious drawings, the famous Nasca Lines – etched into the sands of the pampas more than a millennium ago. Ancient peoples created a vast tapestry of “geoglyphs” -trapezoids and triangles, 70-odd animal and plant figures, and more than 10,000 lines that have baffled observers for decades. They are so large, with some figures reaching dimensions of 300m (1,000 ft.), that they can be appreciated only from the air. Over the years, theorists have posited that they were signs from the gods, agricultural and astronomical calendars, or even extraterrestrial airports. Some believe that the drawers of the lines must themselves have had the ability to fly, perhaps in hot-air balloons, over the designs below. The wildest theories, today discredited by all but fringe-dwelling true believers, prompted the old book and movie The Chariots of the Gods.

Country Peru
Visa requirementsYes
Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedPEN
Area (km2)21.327,83 km²

Sports & nature

Sight-seeing, Boating, Wine tasting, rafting, Made for nature lovers, adventure lovers.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

Most of our hotels have their own bars, including Casa de Arena and Huacachinero, where you might have many types of mixed drinks and cocktails. There is a couple of places where you can have fun at nights, they are mostly opened during the week. But if your hotel is located kind of far away to these bars it's not recommendable to go, just because of your safety. Instead you can get some drinks at the hotel's bar. Many visitors to Huacachina decide to visit the wineries and pisco bodegas that are located all over Ica. These wineries grow their own grapes, crush them, and convert them to wine or pisco. They will show you their vineyards, their fermentation machines and wine-making process, and then give you a small sample of their products. You are of course encouraged to then purchase the wines and piscos. Many of these tours are free (the bodegas make their money from wine sales), During late February and early March, is the grape harvest when grapes are crushed by foot. Visitors are encouraged to take off their sandals and shoes, wash their feet, and then help crush the grapes. While perhaps not the most hygienic method of alcohol preparation, this is a very popular activity. Bodegas are split into two categories: artesenal and industrial. Artesenal bodegas are small, family-run operations that only produce a small amount of wine or pisco. Industrial bodegas produce large quantity of product that is intended for national distribution or international exportation. So these places are around Ica, where you might hang out for a while sipping piscos and wines. Nightlife image

Culture and history info

Ica is situated on the south coast of Lima. It is an oasis amid the desert plains of Peru. It is surrounded by beautiful valleys, famous for its vineyards and wine production of excellent quality. Other important cities are Chincha, Pisco, Nazca and Palpa. Ica is famous because of its countryside, the quality of its wines, being in this area the most important wine producers. Emphasize the harvest festival of Ica, carried out with great wine consumption and cachina. In the fertile valleys, cotton, grapes, snuff and flax is grown. It has important ports dedicated to the extraction of tuna, bonito and swordfish, which preserves and fishmeal are produced. Ica has a warm climate desert dry subtropical, with an average temperature of about 22 ° C. Unlike the central coast as in (Ancash and Lima), the Ica climate is dry and sunny even during the winter months, although it is noted that the winter nights are cooler and can drop to 7 or 8 ° C. Summers are warmer and drier than the central coast of Peru and can reach close to 36 ° C. The presence of Paracas or strong winds, is very common during the summer months. Ica's gastronomy - diverse and strong, sweet and spicy, always tasty, so the cuisine Ica, a perfect combination of elements of Creole cuisine and some African influence, which has its origin in the colonial time, when many black slaves arrived to work in the region's fields. One of the most representative dishes in Ican cuisine is carapulcra Iqueña, a stew boiled potato (dried or fresh), with pieces of pork and chicken, panca (a sort of red hot chili pepper) and mirasol chilli, garlic and ground peanuts. It is usually accompanied or combined with popular dry soup, noodles with pieces of chicken, seasoned with achiote (natural seeds from Peru's jungle), parsley, basil and various species. A good meal in Ica must be accompanied by a glass of wine or pisco, the famous grape brandy pure, which, is the national drink of Peru. Since colonial times, the red, white, semi-dry or popular cachina (fermented wort), produced in the cellars of the region, are highly appreciated across the country.Culture and history image

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