Ica

(4.893 meters) above sea level

 

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Valley of Mysteries and Good Pisco

Ica boasts characteristic dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nazca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nazca. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna, it is also a mysterious land of villages, home of fine wine and “pisco”, Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.

Find out more about Ica

Living culture, adventure and nature:

Those with an interest in archaeology, lovers of boating, aquatic and extreme sports, wildlife watchers, lovers of grapes and grape traditions.

Ica: more than one reason to enjoy it.

Location: Central coast of Peru.

Size: 21,305 km2 (8,226 sq.miles).

Routes & length of stay

4 Days

minimum recommended
length of stay

  • 1 day: Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands.
  • 1 day: Wineries (for both wines and pisco brandies), Huacachina Oasis.
  • 1 day: Cantalloc, Antonini Museum, Cahuachi, and the Nasca Lines flyover.
  • 1 day: Afro-Peruvian traditions: Chincha and village of El Carmen.

 

Recommended for

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People interested in archeology: who cannot miss out on the Nasca Lines and the Temple of Cahuachi.

Wine and wine tradition connoisseurs: who must visit the many wineries near the city of Ica to taste the incomparable Peruvian pisco brandies and superb quality wines.

Wildlife watchers: who will heartily enjoy the trip to the Paracas National Reserve and to San Fernando.

Extreme sports aficionados: who will get their adrenaline rush sandboarding (at Cerro Blanco) and driving dune buggies at Huacachina (Ica).

Boat and water sports lovers: who can enjoy windsurfing and water skiing in Paracas.

What to eat?

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The cuisine of Ica is highly influenced by the African heritage as seen in savory dishes like carapulcra (chicken, pork and freeze dried potatoes in a peanut sauce) and the sopa seca (a dry vermicelli soup with onions, garlic and pork fat). Also included on the list is one of the most favorite dishes to grace the tables of Ica, picante de pallares, a thick concoction of hearty butter beans seasoned with chili peppers, milk, cheese and eggs. Among its many delicious desserts, you will find the tasty tejas, a treat with a center of dried limes, figs or pecans, filled with milk jam
and covered with caramelized sugar. As for quality restaurants, there are very fine establishments in Chincha, Paracas, Ica, Palpa and Nasca.

Typical dishes Ica

  • Carapulcra: Carapulcra is one of the classic Peruvian dishes. It is an Andean dish of dried potato casserole style. Also it has pork, chicken, panca and mirasol chili, garlic and ground peanuts. It is usually served with dry soup. It can be served with a wine or a cold chicha.
  • dry soup: It is a typical food of the province of Chincha. This dish is made from noodles and chicken into pieces. seasoned with achiote, parsley, basil and various species. The preparation takes red pepper, garlic, onion, parsley, basil, carrots, olives. You can also add wine in preparation. Usually accompanies the carapulcra.
  • Morusa and spicy pallares : Morusa tasty is prepared with mashed potatoes or cassava with roast beef or pork. Almost always accompanied by a delicious stew, spicy butter beans; which carries milk, eggs and cheese. In Ica, lima beans are an essential part of the food Ica also long grain lima beans; which they are cooked in a dressing with crushed yellow pepper and served with white rice or creole sauce. In addition there are combinations based on chickpeas and lima beans.
Ica Attractions in the City
Marqués de Torre Hermosa Manor House

Marqués de Torre Hermosa Manor House

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : Libertad street block 1, Plaza de Armas. Ica One of the few remnants of Vice-Royalty-era architecture that have survived the earthquakes in the region and urban growth. The beautiful rococo-style gateway, carved from...

Adolfo Bermúdez – Museum excursions

Adolfo Bermúdez – Museum excursions

Visiting Hours : Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 7.00 pm / Sun and public holidays 8.30 am – 6.30 pm. Location : Ave. Ayabaca block 8 w/o No. Urb. San Isidro. Ica It has a collection of items...

Sanctuary of the Lord of Luren

Sanctuary of the Lord of Luren

Visiting Hours : During mass. Location : Ayacucho street block 10, the figure is temporarily placed at the front of the temple. Ica Temple in the neoclassical style, currently ruined by the 2007 earthquake. The Lord of Luren is...

Ica Cathedral

Ica Cathedral

Visiting Hours : During mass. Location : Plaza de Armas. Ica Initially part of the Society of Jesus group of monuments. The original construction dates to the 18th century, but it was renovated in 1814. Its exterior is neoclassical...

Ica Attractions Beyond the City
Beaches and Desert -Ica

Beaches and Desert -Ica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 60 km from Ocucaje. Desert An area with beautiful beaches, perfect for fishing, underwater hunting and camping. El Morro, El Negro, La Hierba, Lomitas, Oyeros, Antana, Barlovento and La Cueva are highlights. The desert has to...

Vista Alegre Winery -Ica

Vista Alegre Winery -Ica

Visiting hours:  8 : 00-13 : 00 hours and 14: 00-16: 30 hours /  8: 00-12 : 30 hours. Location: 3 Km northwest of the city of Ica (10 minutes). Traditional winery dedicated to the production of wine and...

Beaches and Deserts – Excursions Ica

Beaches and Deserts – Excursions Ica

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 60 km from Ocucaje. Ica An area with beautiful beaches, perfect for fishing, underwater hunting and camping. El Morro, El Negro, La Hierba, Lomitas, Oyeros, Antana, Barlovento and La Cueva are highlights. The...

Cachiche Town – City tour Cachiche

Cachiche Town – City tour Cachiche

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 4 km south-west of Ica (5 minutes). Ica According to Cachiche tradition, this was a town made famous by its witches, who cured all types of illnesses and injuries. The palm tree with...

Huacachina Lagoon – Excursions Huacachina

Huacachina Lagoon – Excursions Huacachina

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 5 km south-west of Ica (10 minutes). Ica Traditional relaxation spot for Ica residents. An oasis in the middle of the desert, with a splendid landscape of palm trees, “huarangos” (acacias) and dunes,...

Tacama Vineyard – Tourism in Tacama

Tacama Vineyard – Tourism in Tacama

Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Location : 7 km north-east of Ica (20 minutes). Ica Dedicated to wine and pisco making. This was the property of Jesuits during colonial times, and the mansion...

Vista Alegre Winery – Tours Vista Alegre

Vista Alegre Winery – Tours Vista Alegre

Visiting Hours : Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm / Sat 8.00 am – 12.30 pm. Location : 3 km north-west of Ica (10 minutes). Ica A traditional winery dedicated to...

Ica Festivals
Lord of Luren – Peru tours

Lord of Luren – Peru tours

Ica Begins: 03-October Ends: 21-October The origin of devotion for the image of the Lord of Luren, patron of the city of Ica, dates back to 1570, when it was mysteriously lost in the desert to reappear in an isolated place...

Ica Tourism Week – Ica tours

Ica Tourism Week – Ica tours

  Ica Begins: 01-September Ends: 30-September It features Peruvian Paso horse shows, cock fights, wine contests, pisco tasting, walking tours to different wineries, and the International Sandboarding Competition.

Easter Week in Ica – week traditions

Easter Week in Ica – week traditions

  Ica Begins: 25-March Ends: 31-May This festival starts on Palm Sunday with the procession of the Lord of the Triumph and ends with the resurrection procession, also known as “Procesión del Borrachito” (Procession of the Drunkard). All the streets are...

Black Summer Festival – Peru festivals

Black Summer Festival – Peru festivals

  Ica Begins: 01-February-2014 Ends: 28-February-2014 Afro-peruvian dance contest. Craft fairs, wine and food exhibitions and carnival parades are also held in the main streets of the town.

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