Departamento de Ica Travel Guide

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Nazca

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Ica

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Pisco

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Paracas

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Huacachina

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Ocucaje

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Laguna Huacachina

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La Achirana

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Chauchilla

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Ruinas de Paracas

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El Carmen

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Hacienda San José

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Nazca

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  • Cruz del Sur

    Nazca Transportation

    We chose Cruz del Sur for our bus trip from Lima to Nazca. The tickets were easily purchased on line, and the bus station (at Javier Prado) was modern, spick and span, with shops and places to eat before departure.The journey was uneventful, though not spilling ones drink as the bus bounced around was tricky. We had chosen the upstairs, front of...

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  • They aren't really

    Nazca Restaurants

    The Grumpy's has it sights set firmly on the travelers riding the Gringo Trail from Lima to Arequipa. The bright sign says it all, but we did not find the proprietors at all surly, ill-tempered or sullen. Maybe they got the translation wrong?The food is freshly cooked by the owners on order. The stirfried beef with 'Grumpy's chicken was a good...

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  • Search for ancient astronauts (not)

    Nazca Things to Do

    You need to leave at least an the entire morning (and then some) for your flight across the Nazca lines. Our experience was that delays are common, and this should be allowed for in one's schedule. The fights themselves take only about 30 minutes, but including waiting time we were told that we'd be away for about two and a half hours.We booked our...

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Ica

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  • Visit the vineyards (Bogedas)

    Ica Things to Do

    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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  • Hotel Las Dunas

    Ica Hotels

    Av. La Angostura 400, Ica, Peru

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • bring mosquito repellent as precaution

    Ica What to Pack

    Mosquitos were not much of a problem here but we still recommend you bring a bit of repellent for the early evening hours. sweaters in the evening, bathing suit, shorts for day shampoo and beach towels (for pool facilities) camera and video cam useful clothes to go sand boarding, fossil hunting, bathing suit for pool Super-nice and secure taxi...

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Pisco

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  • Lima to Pisco: Soyuz buses

    Pisco Transportation

    Soyuz has a bus every 15 mins or so between Lima and Ica. They stop just outside Pisco on the Panamerica. You then need to take a short ride in a taxi or taxi tico to your hotel.Soyuz bus are reasonably comfortable and cost a fraction of what Ormeno charges. We paid 14 soles from Lima to Pisco and 15 soles from Pisco to Lima (market day...

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  • Getting to Paracas from Pisco on the...

    Pisco Transportation

    If you are looking to go to the Ballestas Islands from Pisco you can save some money by booking your boat tour in Paracas (where the boats leave to go to the island). The cheapest way to get there is to take a combi. It's much more exciting than a taxi or a tourist bus, and it gives you a good glimpse of how the locals live. Our combi dropped off...

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  • A Walk on the Pier - watch out for holes

    Pisco Off The Beaten Path

    The street that heads west from the south-west corner of the Plaza de Armes will take you to the pier. It's about a 10 minute walk. The guidebook warned us about potential robberies in the area so we were cautious but didn't feel threatened at any time. When we got to the pier we were a bit hesitant to walk on it because it looked like it was ready...

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Paracas

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  • Boat cruise to the Ballestas Islands

    Paracas Things to Do

    These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants,...

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  • Ballestas Islands

    Paracas Things to Do

    A 2-hour tour aboard a very,very speed boat around little islands full of cormorans,pelicans,sea lions,pinguins... In order not to feel sick take a pill before.

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  • Paracas To or From Lima

    Paracas Transportation

    Bus is easiest way to get there. One can simply walk into a travel agent's office and book the bus tickets. Buses are frequent, very comfortable, and cheap. For a luxory bus with reclining seats, movies, and bingo we paid around fifty soles.

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Huacachina

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  • Sandboarding & Buggying the Huacachina...

    Huacachina Things to Do

    Huacachina is made for adventure junkies. The waves of sand last year round providing an endless season for sandboarding and buggying that will give you an awesome rush. There are plenty of operators in town, but we used the one based at our hostel - El Huachinero (see website below). Costs depend on group numbers. You can pay for just the buggy...

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  • Sunset from the dune tops

    Huacachina Things to Do

    Late afternoon in the dunes offers an amazing view as the sun sets across the sand dune desert that surround the small town of Huacachina. You should not miss the display of the colours as the sky changes across the sea of sand as it is absolutely beautiful. Best way to see this is to arrange it in a buggy ride tour of the dunes. Action, adventure...

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  • Huacachina / Buggy Ride / Sand boarding...

    Huacachina Things to Do

    The charm and uniqueness of Huacachina make it one of my favorite destinations in Perú. Taking a bus from Lima (about 4-5 hours) can prove to be as interesting as it is inexpensive. The Pacific Ocean is visible from the bus for the majority of the ride, as are small towns and farms. Round trip tickets cost about $15-$35 depending on your...

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Ocucaje

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  • Sharks, 25-meter long prehistoric giant...

    Ocucaje Things to Do

    The desert man showed no mercy. He was not interested in the prehistoric whales, but was interested in its predator, the 25-meter long prehistoric giant shark. Both of these animals lived around 14 million years ago (yes, that is 14,000,000 years ago). That is a long, long time, but a short time in geologic terms. Unlike the whales, the only...

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  • Fossilized Whales

    Ocucaje Things to Do

    We stopped to admire a fossilized whale in pretty good shape. From afar, it looked like a hill, but up close, one could see the shape of the whale: its spinal cord, its head, its eye-sockets, etc. It was a museum quality piece located in the field of origin! He pointed to us that today; whales live in the ocean, especially at bays. They love them...

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  • Geology of the Area

    Ocucaje Things to Do

    The Desert Man is not only an adventure seeker, but also a learned scholar. Using his knowledge of eology, he demonstrated to us how water had carved this area creating a bay in the ocean. He then shifted gears and began telling us about the geologic history of the region. He told us about the uplifting of the region from sea level to about 600...

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Laguna Huacachina

  • LA LAGUNA DE HUACACHINA

    Laguna Huacachina Favorites

    Un lugar para descansar junto a la laguna o para practicar sandboard en las inmensas dunas que rodean el oasis

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  • LAGUNA DE HUACACHINA

    Laguna Huacachina Things to Do

    Rodeada por dunas de arena, un oasis de palmeras con huarangos y hermosas casas a las orillas. Un lugar ideal para relajarse. A fines del siglo XIX Huacachina estaba prácticamente deshabitada, hasta que la italiana Angela Perotti redescubrió las propiedades médicas del agua y arena de la laguna, especialmente para la cura de enfermedades de la piel...

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Chauchilla

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  • Chauchilla Cemetery

    Chauchilla Things to Do

    You can take a 1 hour tour of the tombs here for a closer glimpse of some of the mummified remains of bodies from the Nazca era. Though a lot of the artifacts were stolen and sold by tomb raiders the remains are now more protected and the tombs restored. It is an interesting insight into the cultures of the people who once lived in this area. Not...

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    Chauchilla Things to Do

    Chauchillas cemetery is close to Nazca town, about 8 kms. Take a taxi if you want to visit the place.

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El Carmen

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  • by Africando510 Updated Dec 24, 2006

    Favorite thing: I lived with Peru's famous Amador Ballumbrosio family for less than 5.00 per day, including two meals. I chose to stay with the Ballumbrosios because of their work in carrying on the tradition of Afro Peruvian culture. My ability to communicate in Spanish helped tremendously to be accepted in the community because no one spoke a word of English.

    Fondest memory: I miss the tranquility of the community. Despite everyone's humble economic situation, there is no crime. People leave their doors open at night. The policemen assigned to that area were bored stiff with nothing to do. My other fondest memory was that there was always something going on in the community such as parties and various social events. I didn't have to go anywhere and spend a lot of money.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

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