Ica

Dunes and immense desert traced of enigmatic figures, like the Nasca Lines, and transformed into fertile fields by cultures of the past. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and nature reserves populated by a generous variety of flora and fauna species. Mystery villages, home of pisco, good wine, Afro-Peruvian music and an oasis like Huacachina, a piece of life in the heart of a sand mantle. Discover Ica, and more than one reason to enjoy it.

Ica is an area of great historical past, whose first inhabitants go back to 10,000 years old!!!, saw cultures flourish such as Paracas, Wari, Nasca and Ica. The department of Ica is the only one of the south coast formed by plains, also called coastal plains, since the Cordillera de los Andes rises far inland. In Ica there are extensive deserts, such as the Pampas de Lancha, the Pampas de Villacurí, where the heat is very intense.

Access roads – Ica

  • Terrestial: The department of Ica is well connected by land, since from Lima there are interprovincial transport services, through the South Pan-American Highway, 303 Kilometers away by car. The trip takes about 4 hours.
  • Aereral: From the Jorge Chávez International Airport (Lima) there are air taxi services to this region. You can also find air taxi services that fly over the Nasca Lines locally. Ica has two aerodromes:
    – Aerodrome located near Hotel Las Dunas, 5 km from Ica.
    – Maria Reiche Aerodrome located at km 447 of the South Pan-American Highway (Nazca). 

Gastronomy – Ica

Very unique and exquisite gastronomy for those who like good food. Among its main dishes are:

  • Pallares.
  • Morusa.
  • Picante de pallares.
  • Chupe de pallares.
  • Dry from calf to wine.
  • Greaves.
  • The carapulcra.
  • Turtle soup.
  • Chapanas.
  • Morusa.
  • Spicy Pallares.

Also desserts such as the famous tiles, blancmange, stuffed figs, strained beans, pineapple compote, and the candy of pallar. And of course, the department of Ica is synonymous with wines and piscos, has wineries and winemaking centers in its countryside. Among other regional products, jam, nectars, cachina, etc. are recommended.

Climate of Ica

Ica has a warm desert climate of dry subtropical type, with an average temperature of around 22 °C. Unlike the central coast like those of (Ancash and Lima), the Ica climate is dry and still sunny during the winter months, although it is noticed that the winter nights are colder and can drop to 7 or 8 °C. The summers are warmer and drier than the central coast of Peru and can reach about 36C °, especially in the city of Ica which is located inland. The presence of Paracas or strong winds is very common during the summer months.

Tourist Attractions – Lima:

  • Cathedral of the city of Ica.
  • Bodega Vista Alegre.
  • District of Carmen.
  • National Reserve of Paracas.
  • Huacachina Oasis.
  • Nazca Lines.
  • House  San José.
  • Ceremonial Center of Cahuachi.
  • Lines and Figures of Palpa. 

.Frequent Questions:

Is a visa required to enter Peru?

It is not necessary for the citizens of most of the countries of America and Western Europe. The citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need a passport or visa to enter certain regions of Peru. Consult with the Peruvian diplomatic representation in your country to obtain more information. The addresses and telephone numbers are included in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru: www.rree.gob.pe If you enter for tourist reasons, the authorized period of stay is 90 days (extendable by the immigration authority). The traveler must carry a valid passport or safe-conduct issued by the Peruvian immigration authority.

Is it safe to go through Peru?

We know you’ve seen on the news, read on websites or in the newspaper about terrorism, crime and political and economic instability. But we also know that many years ago we defeated terrorism, we live in peace and we are working very hard to build a democratic and stable country. The only thing that all travelers will have to do, we assure you, is to take the precautions they normally take when traveling to any other tourist destination.

In the cities:

  • Take normal precautions against pickpockets.
  • Carry a copy of your identification documents. Save the originals and your valuables in the custody of your accommodation. • Take your valuables discreetly, do not carry large sums of money and keep an eye on your bags and luggage.
  • Do not change money on the street.
  • It is advisable to use taxi companies (they are requested by phone) or those authorized by the municipalities (in Lima they are painted yellow and have a bright cap on the roof).

Road tourism:

  • Always carry with you your driver’s license, copy of your passport and, if the vehicle is rented, the vehicle rental agreement. If you come with an international driver’s license, it is valid for one year; If you come with a driver’s license from your country, it is valid for 30 days.
  • If a transit officer tells you to stop, do it. This must be uniformed and carry his identification (his surname is recorded on a plate at the height of his chest). They can not enter the vehicle.
  • Keep in mind that your documents and those of the vehicle can not be retained and under no circumstances do you offer money.
  • In case of accident or collision, call a transit officer. If the vehicle is rented, call the representative of the insurance company where you rented the car. Wait and do not move from the place. Keep the windows closed and the doors secured.

Prohibitions:

It is strictly forbidden to photograph airports, military bases, places near high voltage towers and police stations.

Are there services for tourists with disabilities in Peru?

In Peru we believe in the concept of “Tourism for all” and several public and private entities have been working for several years on the task of conditioning their services for people with disabilities. We recommend contacting service providers before your visit, to be sure they can meet your needs.

Now you know more about the city of the kings, the start point for many incredible vacation in the land of the Incas. Visit its beaches and its rich culture through the visit of Machu Picchu and the best? You can visit the most incredible treks in Peru!!! Discover the imposing  Salkantay Trek, or Lares Trail to Machu Picchu or the most popular inca path, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu