Ica Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by krissyM
  • Things to Do
    by krissyM
  • Things to Do
    by krissyM

Ica Things to Do

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  • Visit the vineyards (Bogedas)

    We went to the very touristy El Catador and to the less visited but equally interesting Vista Allegre.El Catador is good to see the traditional method of processing the grape, while Vista Allegre will give you an idea of the modern methods now in use.Both vineyards have friendly staff who will give you a tour of the place. Both charge nothing if...

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  • Take a tour of Ocucaje vinyard

    Tour and history lesson about this hidden little valley. Owned by Peruvians of Italian descent with an interesting story behind the hacienda. Tasting of several wines produced here and Pisco (peru's national "spirit" (not for the faint of heart!) Included in overnight stay along with meals.

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  • Eat dinner served by "monks" in Ocucaje...

    Included in lodging Sat. night @ Hacienda is a candle-lit dinner served by "monks" (Monks originally owned land and vinyard). Acustic Peruvian folk music is played while you are served a first-rate meal. Complementary glass of Ocucaje wine is also served during your dinner in original wine cava (bats and all). Children are cared for by hacienda...

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  • Huacachina - Rent a Dune Buggy

    One fun thing to do in Huacachina is to rent a Sand Buggy and to go 4x4 ing over the sand dunes. There are a number of travel comapnies which will give you one ay packages including sand boarding as well. The price is approxamately 163 Sol for the day.

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  • Huacachina

    Huacachina is about 4km west of Ica and is featured on the back of the Peruvian 50 Sol banknote. It is a tiny resort village set in a desert oasis. The lagoon is surrounded by graceful palm trees and dominating sand dunes.

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  • Pepe the Condor

    Pepe the Condor was rescued as a baby and can be found in the small zoo behind the Ica airport. The attendants will take out the condor and you can touch and pet him. They will expect a small tip afterwards.

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  • Nazca Lines

    The Nazca lines were discovered in 1939 when Paul Kosok flew across the desert and noticed some lines which he mistook for an elaborate irrigation system.The best way to appreciate the lines is to get a birds-eye view of them in a plane. This is pretty remarkable when you consider that the lines were constructed between 900 BC and 600 AD. Each...

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  • Nazca Lines Tour Package from Lima

    It is much cheaper to fly over the Nazca lines from Nazca but if time is of an essence then it is possible to arrange a day trip from Lima to Ica and fly over the Nazca lines from there. Tour companies will do an all inclusive package which will include flight from Lima, flight over the Nazca lines, buffet lunch at a hotel then afternoon tour of...

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  • Oasis en el desierto

    In the middle of the Ica desert, you can find an oasis, full of beauty and maybe even mermaids. La Huacachina,a s its called, is a natural underwater feed lake that hides between the Ica Dunes. Getting here is as easy as pie. Take a mototaxi from the Main Square and theyll take you there in a jiffy (1.5 soles in 2006). Wonderfull view as you get to...

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  • Las Brujas de Cachiche

    Muy cerca del centro de Ica se encuentra el pueblo de Cachiche, conocido por sus .....brujas....... para llegar tomar cualquier colectivo de la plaza q te lleve al pueblo de Cachiche ( .50 in 2006) al montarse decidle q quieres q te deje donde las brujas. Las brujas de Cachiche tienen un pequeño jardin y justo al frente se encuentra un pequeño...

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  • Paracas

    In the middle od this dessert there is a little place called Paracas. A natural refugee to thousands of birds and home to a wonderfull formation called "La Catedral". The speed boats make it now a lot faster and easier to get to the the islands, en route you will get to see the Chandelier (el Candelabro) formation whose origin is still unknown,...

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  • Visit the regional museum

    More mummies!!!!While in South America, I never tired of mummies, elongated craniums or pre-inca and inca potteries.The ground floor of this nice museum is full of them and also has some magnificent woven inca clothes. The cloth is so fine and the colours so vibrant, you won't believe your eyes. Their master piece was stolen a couple of years ago,...

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  • Nazca Lines

    Things to do in Nazca The Nazca LinesIn the Nazca region, scattered over 500 square kilometres of an arid plateau between the Nazca River and Ingenio River, exist huge representations of geometric patterns, animals, humans figures and thousands of perfectly straight lines that go on for kilometres.The images on the ground are so huge, that the only...

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  • Sandsurfing

    Ica its a small but pleasant town. Visit the Huacachina Lake and the Ica Museum, very interesting. In the sand dunes of Ica is possible to make sandsurfing. The town has also a small market of handicrafts.

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  • The Nazca Lines Overflight from Ica

    There are several ways to see the Nazca Lines. There is a tower along the PanAmerican Highway, from which you can see two of the formations. However, to really see the lines, if you're so inclined, your best bet is to take a flight. Tourist flights run out of Lima, Ica and Nazca, in order of price. We booked a flight on AeroCondor from the Las...

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  • How it is produce a bottle of wine??

    Well, if you have such a question, then do not miss to visit a wine/snaps family-factory producer.We have been to El Catador, the most wellknown of the city. (just ask on the street and take a taxi to the factory, that is outside the city, off course!)They will be more then glad to show you how they do produce the wine and the snaps. After a 2...

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  • Fly over the Nazca Lines!

    The best way to appreciate the Nazca Lines is to view them from above.We took a "flightseeing" tour of the Lines, and we learned quite a bit about the Nazca Lines, the people who designed them, and Dr. Maria Reiche who brought the Lines to the attention of the world. The small airport in Ica is really cute, and doubles as a learning center. We...

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  • EL CABALLO PERUANO

    El famoso "Caballo de Paso" es una sub raza equina, originaria de Perú, que desciende de aquellos traídos por los españoles duarnte la conquista.Se criaron cruzando los desiertos peruanos, originando una forma peculiar de caminar, moviendo simultáneamente la pata delantera y trasera del mismo lado. De hecho, los más finos, se supone que son capaces...

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  • Pisco y mas

    A rare oportunity to enjoy great food and pisco & wine sampling in one place. Upon your arrival youll be greated and treated to a walking tour of the old artesanal way of making pisco. From the pisa de la uva (stepping on the grapes) to the maturing age and sampling everything is here. This local dates back to 1856 and its owners are one of the...

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  • Que anticuchos

    Great food at a great price. She prepares as you order pancita, anticucho, rachi and all the other peruvian delicacies. If you travelled all the way here might as well try it, and she does it well, you wont be dissapointed Racchi

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  • The best meal on the journey

    Back at the Paracas Hotel we take lunch with Bobby, an English travel agent from Seattle in the US. The menu is partly in English and partly in Spanish. I am feeling adventurous and order something from the Spanish part. I can understand the word Chicken, and it has Paracas in the title so it is obviously a local dish. I am not disappointed. The...

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Ica Transportation

  • Ormeno Bus

    Compared with Bristol Bus Station, Lima is wonderful. It is much more upmarket, in fact it is more like an airport, where you check in at a desk, you are given boarding cards, and your luggage is weighed and taken from you to be loaded on to the bus separately. We have seats numbers 4 and 5, and I worry that they are not together. I also worry...

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  • 3-Wheel Taxis!

    I've seen these kinds of makeshift "taxis" in more than one third world country - I've even seen photos of them by other VTers - and they all look very similar. You've got to try them, they're a scream! You'll usually find yourself squashed inside, the vinyl seats torn and more often than not, the floorboards exposed (a kind of real "Fred...

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  • Flightseeing Tour of Nazca Lines

    Aero Condor is the oldest regional airline in Peru, and the first to offer tourist flights over the Nazca lines. We went to the Aero Condor counter at the Lima Airport, and booked a day trip to see the famous Nazca lines. An unexpected bonus was that the General Manager doubled as our pilot (no reflection on the airline - just that he is a pilot by...

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Ica Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxis without license plates: robbery!

    Always look to see whether your taxi (or mototaxi) has a license plate (or plates) before stepping into the vehicle, as Ica has a big problem with taxi drivers robbing their passengers or setting them up to be robbed. Write down the license plate number, as well, before getting in, and report any robbery (and the taxi plate number) should one...

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  • The Nazca Lines Flight

    Several people have warned us about being airsick on the flight but we are not in the least concerned about suffering from motion sickness in the air; we have both been on many flights in light aircrafts and even taken an aerobatics flight! Why should a two hour journey over the Peruvian desert be any worse than doing loop-the-loop and flying...

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  • Ica Hotels

    1 Hotels in Ica

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Ica What to Pack

  • by MissHazelnut Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Luggage and bags: Mosquitos were not much of a problem here but we still recommend you bring a bit of repellent for the early evening hours.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sweaters in the evening, bathing suit, shorts for day

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: shampoo and beach towels (for pool facilities)

    Photo Equipment: camera and video cam useful

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: clothes to go sand boarding, fossil hunting, bathing suit for pool

    Miscellaneous: Super-nice and secure taxi driver Sr. Diaz (spanish speaking) #0569677294 Taxi between ica Ormeno bus station and hacienda $8 (30 soles)

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    • Wine Tasting
    • Desert

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Ica Off The Beaten Path

  • Stay @ Ocucaje Hacienda on way to Nazca

    We were surprised to discover this lesser known Hotel on our way to Nazca. This quiet resort has excellent criollo (Peruvian) food included in your accomodations (along with fossil tour of desert, horsback rides, bike paths, tour of giant sand dunes and dinner in wine cellar by candle-light). A nice pool and jacuzzi with simple rooms in...

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  • Nazca Lines

    The transfer to the Las Dunas Aerodrome takes five minutes; I have never stayed at a hotel with its own airport before. It’s a cool place, all cane and thatch with open sides. Free soft drinks are laid on and they show a disastrously bad video of the Nazca Lines. Maps of the various drawings are explained and presented to us by the cartographer –...

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  • Ballestas Islands

    At Paracas we board a boat that is already crammed to capacity with Germans. We manage to squeeze in right at the front behind the wind shield. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise as we are out of the wind. The seat is not wide enough however and I’ve got nowhere to put my left leg. Islas Ballestas more than make up for any discomfort...

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Ica Sports & Outdoors

  • Sand Boarding

    The hotel is right on the edge of the desert, and has its own enormous dune for sand boarding. I reckon the man in the hire booth sees us coming and realises we are complete novices. I am sure there must be faster boards available. Ours hardly move at all, making it too much like hard work. David climbs right to the top of the dune; I make do with...

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  • Dune Buggy

    We opt for a Dune Buggy adventure and try to book it with the pretty young girl on the desk. Her English is marginally better than my Spanish and together we make each other understood. With her hands she motions that there are three levels of this activity: fairly flat, a little more up and down and very adventurous. We choose the latter. She is...

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