Ica 1 Day
Ica city is the capital of department and province of same name. The department of Ica has 4 provinces, Ica, Pisco, Nazca, Chincha and Palpa.
Ica city is located in the central coast, 406 meters above sea level (1,332 feet), 202 miles (325 Km) south of Lima, 47 miles (75 Km) from Paracas and 84 miles (135 Km) from Nazca.
Ica city was founded in 1536 by the Spaniard Jerónimo de Cabrera. He gave the name of “Villa de Valverde”. The city was in the middle of a fertile valley. Before its foundation, the Spaniards planted grapes brought from Canary Islands (Spain) and then began the tradition of the wine and the pisco.
Ica was the first city in “Nueva Castilla” (Peru in the Viceroyalty times) where wine and grape liquor were produced, and from this point they were exported to all the Spanish colonies in America. They used the port of Pisco to embark the grape liquor, giving origin to the name of one of the most famous liquors prepared in Peru, pisco.
The Afro-Peruvian folklore is an essential contribution from Ica, and it is expressed in its lilting rhythms, the cheerfulness of its people and its gastronomy.
IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT
It is interesting to visit:
· Plaza de Armas
· Sanctuary of the Lord of Luren
· María Reiche Regional Museum
· Museum of Stones engraved
· Casona del Marqués de Torre Hermosa
· Vista Alegre Winery
· Tacama Winery
· Ocucaje Winery
· The Huacachina
· Small town and lagoon in an oasis
· Laguna Huacachina
·Valley of enigmas and good pisco. Ica with beautiful attractions in the city cradle of the Paracas and Nazca cultures and its oasis the huacachina
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
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.
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, where you can go sandboarding. Its waters are said to have curative properties.
There are hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It’s totally ruled by party-seeking crowds of backpackers.
Location : 5 Km south-west of Ica city (10 minutes).
Huacachina is the point for sandboarding and buggy excursions
One of Peru’s prettiest and most impressive deserts lies in Ica, a region of rare beauty that welcomes visitors with its delightful coast, which includes places perfect for adventures sports such as sandboarding and riveting dune buggy excursions.
Sandboarding first took hold in Peru on the dunes of Huacachina before spreading across the whole country. There are different techniques for sliding down the dunes, such as “slalom” (zig-zagging between gates), “boarder cross” (an obstacle competition between two or more participants), “slope style” (tricks on rails and ramps) and “big air” (huge jumps off a ramp).
Protective equipment for sandboarding includes a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and special glasses for the sand. The sandboard has bindings for riders’ feet, giving him or her a firm stance on the board. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and following the experts’ advice.
Dune buggies have become an unmissable attraction for travelers, who experience the excitement and speed of these famous sand vehicles zipping up and down over the strangely shaped dunes and the beautiful landscape sculpted by the wind at Huacachina.
To take part in this exciting buggy excursion, it is advisable to wear light clothing appropriate for the suffocating heat in the mornings (especially in the summer months of December through March) and to take a jacket for the afternoon breezes. We also recommend bringing water, a hat and sunscreen to fully enjoy the experience.
- To buy bus tickets: Lima-Ica at 06:40 am. / Ica –Lima at 18:50 hrs.
- Ica City Tour / Buggy & Sandboarding.
- Transfer In/Out.
- Tour guide.
- Bus ticket: Lima – Ica / Ica-Lima.
- Moderate Ica 1 Day
Departure from Lima to Ica at 06:40 am.
11:00 a.m. Pick up at Ica bus station – Transfer to office.
01:00 pm. City Tour in Ica to visit this places (3 HOURS APROX):
“Plaza de Armas”, here you can appreciate two beautiful obelisk representation of Ica cultural diversity.
“El Catador” Winery, here you´ll receive information about wine and the pisco (Peruvian traditional liquor).
Time for lunch (lunch it’s not included).
Luren´s Sanctuary, you´d appreciate the church conditions after 2007 earthquake.
Huacachina Lake, known as America´s Oasis, beautiful place surrounded by palms and big dunes.
16:00 p.m. Buggy & Sandboarding- where you be able to have an incredible adventure experience at Ica dunes (1 hour).
18:00 p.m. Return from tour.
Transfer to bus station or a hotel.