The road to Ica provides the traveler with a variety of attractions. First stop along the way is Chincha, a balmy valley that combines festivals and tradition and which is the heart of a culture forged by the descendants of African slaves brought to work the cotton plantations. A few kilometers further on lies the Paracas National Reserve, the only protected area in Peru that includes a marine eco-system. From the pier at Paracas one can take boatrides out to the Ballestas islands, where one can spot sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and sea birds.
South of the city of Ica lies the Huacachina Oasis, and a few kilometers ahead, the Nazca Lines, an extraordinary legacy bequeathed by the ancient people of the Nazca culture. The Lines, an enormous network of lines and drawings of plants and animals that cover an area of some 350 square km, provide an unforgettable experience for those who fly over them.
Ica celebrates three major events: the Wine Festival (Ica is home to many vineyards which produce excellent wines and pisco) and the festivals of the Señor de Luren and the Virgen del Carmen of Chincha. This is a good time to try typical Ica dishes and sweets, as well as to visit the town of Cachiche, famous for its folk healers who are said to be able to cure all kinds of ills.
Province of Ica
Cathedral of the City of Ica
Visits: Hour L-D of mass Initially it was part of the monumental set of the Company of Jesus. The original construction data of century XVIII, was refaccionada in 1814. The church has two styles, in the represented outside the neoclassic one in its cover and the interior, baroque of the púlpito and the altars.
Santuary of Lord the Luren
This religious sanctuary contains the venerated image of "Señor de Luren", the one that was redeem from a shipwreck in 1570 in front of the coasts of Ica, coming from Spain. Señor de Luren patron of Ica, congregates each year thousands of pilgrims during the Holy Week and the third Monday of October in traditional processions. Devote people attribute miracles to the Lord. The catholic devotion in Ica also has expressions of pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Yauca, where the image of the Virgin of Yauca is venerated. Also venerated the "Beatita de Humay" and the "Melchorita" in the towns of Humay and Grocio Prado.
Regional Adolfo Bermúdez Jenkins Museum
It has a big collection of archaeological pieces from the regional cultures Nazca, Paracas and Inca. Out stand funeral mummies and looms from Paracas, skulls with presence of surgery and deformed skulls, this remains show the high technology in surgery reached by the ancient Peruvian civilizations. It also has collections from the colony, independence and republican times.
To 10 km to the northeast of the city of Ica (10 minutes in car approximately) Tel: (056) 22-8395/22-8394 Visits: L-D 9:00 - 15: 00 Dedicated to the elaboration of wine and pisco, it was property of the Jesuits and still the large house and the old stables are conserved.
Glad Vista warehouse
To 3 km to the northwest of the city of Ica (5 minutes in car approximately) Visits: L-V 9:00 - 14: 00 Traditional warehouse dedicated to the wine elaboration and pisco. Although in the present time one is a modern company, tracks of usanza are conserved colonial to process the grapevine.
Main Av. s/n, 34 km to the southwest of the city of Ica (30 minutes in car approximately) Visits: L-V 9:00 - 12: 00 and 14:00 - 17: 00, S 9:00 - 12: 00 Conserve and shows its visitors the long vitivinícola tradition iqueña. In their warehouse the techniques used for the pisco production are appraised and came.
This beautiful oasis is located at 5 Km from Ica city, place in the desert with a small lagoon and is surrounded by sand dunes, palms and huarangos (carob tree) and beautiful houses around the shore. By the ends of the XIX century Huacachina was practically uninhabited, until the Italian Angela Perotti rediscovered the medical properties of water and sand of the lagoon, specially for the cure of skin and rheumatism illnesses. You may find comfortable hotels and cheap lodges, restaurants and discos that will make your trip enjoyable, ideal place for relax or for the desert adventures. Buggies and sandboarding has become popular on the sand dunes near Huacachina, an ideal area to take to the steep sandy slopes of the desert.
is a settlement known for its "quacks and witches" who are capable of solving any kind of emotional problem. A quiet town located about four kilometers from the city, it has a famous chapel built in 1856 with some symbols related to "santeria" (witchcraft) to be seen on its façade.
Complex Megalítico the Friars
To 5 km to the east of the city of Ica (10 minutes). Rock set with strange forms originated by the action of winds. They emphasize the figures of the turtle, the head of the monkey, the toad and the astronaut. A natural viewpoint can also be visited from where all the city of Ica is observed.
Beaches and Deserts
To 60 km of Ocucaje (3 hours). Zone of beautiful beaches, ideals to practice fishing and anti-submarine ship; it is necessary to take the full field equipment to encamp then does not exist lodging. In order to arrive it is needed to have a guide and a light truck of double traction. Between main beaches they are the Nose, the Black, the Grass, Lomitas, Oyeros, Antana, Windward and the Cave. In dunes of the desert sandboarding practices.
Province of Chincha
Chincha is synonymous of rejoicing and as such as is the cradle of Peru's Afro-Peruvian culture. Its inhabitants, who are good-humored and hospitable folk, have kept alive their traditions and customs over generations, performing their music and dances over the course of centuries. The people of Chincha, with guitar, cajón and quijada percussion instruments in hand, will welcome visitors with open arms and make them feel at home. Located just 194 km south of Lima, in the department of Ica, Chincha and its environs provide a place to rest and fun-filled days.
Property San José
Plantation, a seventeenth - century manor which hides behind its stout walls a history of Dominicans and Jesuits, Spanish noblemen and African slaves. The plantation house lies in the district of El Carmen, 15 km from the city, and even today has conserved its superb gateways, sweeping chambers and labyrinthine passageways than run beneath it, and through which slaves were smuggled, according to legend.
Huaca the Sentry
To 8 km of the South Pan-American Highway, to the northwest of Inn of Moor. Attributed archaeological site to you bother (1200 d.C. - 1450 d.C.), that would have constructed it before being conquered by the Incas; later, the Incas modified their original structure incorporating some own elements.
District of the Carmen
To 10 km to the south of the city of It bothers (15 minutes in car approximately) This place was born to welcome in the old slaves and their descendants. The slaves arrived from as distant places as Senegal, Guinea, the Congo and Angola. They were transferred to the Peruvian coast during centuries XVII and XVIII, to replace the necessities of manual labor of the San jOse properties and San Regis. They dedicated themselves to the culture of the cotton, the cane and the grapevine.
Sanctuary of Melchorita
Located to 10 kilometers of the city of Bothers. Melchora Saravia Tasayco, well-known as the Melchorita were a tertiary devotee franciscana of virgin Santa Rosa de Lima. While still alive one dedicated to the care of the poor men and patients of the town.
Province of Nazca
Didactic Museum Antonini
Av. Culture 600. Visits: L-D 9:00 to 19:00 A collection of archaeological pieces of the different stages from the Nasca culture, musical heads is exhibited trophy, instruments like antaras, funeral textiles, fardos, etc. These finding is the result of the great mud excavations in center ceremonial but of the world: “Cahuachi”. In addition, in this museum the channel of bisambra can be appreciated, that shows I magnify work of hydraulic engineering of nascas.
Situated on the Pampas of San José, in Nazca, near the mountains of the Río Grande Valley, past Peruvians drew out an enormous network of stylized lines and figures of plants and animals. Figures represented are birds, a monkey, an ant, a fish, amongst others, and the whole site covers a surface of about five hundred square meters. Due to its unique characteristics, the Nazca lines are one of the most interesting archaeological mysteries of the world. Some researchers, led by the late Maria Reiche, who studied the area for more than fifty years, consider the Nazca lines to be the biggest astronomical observatory in the world; John Reinhard, on the other hand, believes that these lines were sacred paths. A new theory claims that the Lines are related to an underground water system.
An Inca settlement from where you can see some lines called ´The Loom´ because they have the appearance of a needle wrapped in bundles of wool and thread.
An impressive Inca cemetery located about 28 kilometers southeast of Nazca town. It is thought that these ruins were built about 1100 BC. Some researchers state that more than 400 tombs were built and that 1000 corpses are buried here. Nowadays you can visit 12 tombs, with mummies of both children and adults
Aqueducts of Nazca (Puquios) - Cantayoc
Located 4 kilometers east of the city of Nazca, were built in stone by "hydraulic engineers" of the Nazca Culture. It consists of a network of irrigation channels and underground aqueducts, which still function, watering local crop fields. These Aqueducts are really filtering galleries which can reach down to around 12 meters in depth.
About 17 kms from Nazca, was a ceremonial, or perhaps an administrative center, where you can see two pyramids made out of adobe or mudbrick, as well as large plazas and cemeteries. It has a surface area of about 25 km². Most research indicates that this complex was the capital of the Nazca culture. In the vicinity of Cahuachi there is a set of lines made from wooden stakes of "huarango" (a typical tree in the area) which probably indicates the presence of tombs, corresponding to the later periods of Nazca.
Province of Palpa
Lines and Figures in Feel
In km 395 of the South Pan-American Highway (1 hour 15 minutes approximately in car from the city of Ica) They are located in the towns of Sacrament, Pinchango and Llipata. To similarity of the Lines of It is born, is enormous geometric, zoomorfos and fitomorfos drawings.
Petroglifos de Chichictara
To 15 km to the east of the city of It feels in the small village of Chichictara (15 minutes in car approximately) They are distributed in three sectors in which they have been managed to distinguish than 1200 designs shaped more on volcanic and alluvial rocks. Images of soldiers, felines, monkeys, deer, camelidaes, serpents, birds exist, among others.
Lost city of Huayurí
To the height of km 384 of the South Pan-American Highway (18 minutes in car from the city of It is born), the deflection to the town is taken from San Francisco in the jurisdiction of ex- Hacienda Huayurí in the district of Santa Cruz. This archaeological complex, surrounded by hills, has narrow streets that lead to ample esplanades. The walls are formed by united irregular stones with argillaceous mud. The site dates from the Delayed Interval (1200-1400 d.C.), period immediately previous to the dominion Inca.
PROVINCE OF PISCO
Archaeological rest of Colorado Inn
Located to 45 kilometers of the highway the Liberators. This urban center Inca is the best one conserved of the coast. The name of Colorado Inn comes from the union of the word quechua “Tampu” that it means to rest place and “the colored” Hispanic term due to the color of his walls.
Paracas National Reserve
Has as its center the Ballestas Islands, teeming with wildlife; and clear, blue waters; paradisiacal beaches; rocky peaks; rocks sculptured by the sea and the wind, all in a place where the sea meets the sand dunes of the desert. The reserve has an extension of 335,000 square meters, and is the only protected reserve in the country that includes the sea. Types of aquatic life to be seen here are seals (Otaria byronia et Arctocephalus australis), Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldt), the sea cat or chingungo (Lutra felina), dolphins and porpoises and more than 200 species of birds, both migratory as well as resident, such as the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) and flamingos or parihuanas (Phoenicopterus chilensis).
On this peninsula, on a sandy hillside, the enigmatic figure of the chandelier is found. This chandelier, with its trident form, belongs to pre-Inca cultures. It is yet to be determined its meaning. The best way to appreciate this figure is from a boat in a tour to Islas Ballestas. These boats normally offer rides to visit the Paracas Natural Reserve as well as the Islas Ballestas, which allow an excellent view of the Candelabro (Chandelier).