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Ica (Nasca Lines and Ballestas Islands)

Location


Ica is located in central south coastal part of the county.

Área

21,305 km2

Altura

400 metros

Altitude

1,312 feet (400 meters).

Temperature

Max 90 F (32º C) and 50 F minimum (10º C). Rain is unusual and it only happens during the El Niño phenomenon.


By land

Lima-Ica (300 km) on the South Pan-American Highway about 4 h drive from Lima.

By air

The main airport is located in Pisco; however there are no regular commercial flights. Flights over Nasca Lines may depart from the airport of Pisco and Ica and Nasca airfields

Ballestas Islands

the islands are home to some endemic seabirds like the Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant, Peruvian Pelican and Humboldt Penguin. The islands are uninhabited by humans, but it houses thousand of sea lions. Daily boat excursions depart from Paracas penisula.

Paracas National Reserve

it is located 250 km south of Lima and about 3 hour drive; it spreads across 335 thousand ha. It was established to protect and preserve endangered animal species; this is the only protected area in Peru that comprises a marine ecosystem. There are boat excursions from the port of Paracas to the Ballestas Islands where sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingoes or pariguanas and seabirds can be closely observed.

Nasca Lines

the Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nasca Desert of Peru. They have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nasca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture nearly a millennium ago, between 200 BC and 700 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks and others.

Huacachina Lagoon

this magic spot is located 5 km southwest of Ica and about 6 minutes drive. Its superb landscape is surrounded by high sandbanks, palm tree groves and age old huarango trees.

Bodega Tacama (Wine Cellar)

This winery makes world renowned wines and pisco brandy with sophisticated equipment while preserving the old house and stables originally property of the Jesuits.
Location
10 km north east from Ica in the district of La Tinguiña.
Visits
Monday to Sunday 9:00-15:00.

Typical dishes:

• Picante de pallares (spicy casserole based on lima beans, milk, eggs and soft unripened cheese).
• Carapulcra (sun-dried potato casserole style with pork and chicken, panca and mirasol chili, garlic and other species).
• Tejas (traditional dessert made of dried up lemon and raisings stuffed with “manjarblanco” (milk jam) and nuts and covered with caramel and a sugar dressing).
• Cachina (spirit made from fermented grape must).
• Pisco (brandy originated in Peru distilled from the fermented juice of grapes).
• Chapanas (sweets made of cassave meal and brown sugar-loaf).