Ica

A trip to Perú is not complete without trying pisco, the country’s national, world-famous drink. And what better way to do that than by visiting the city of Ica, home to more than 200 pisco distilleries. Visiting one of these distilleries is embarking in a journey full of history, culture, flavors and scents.

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Huacachina Oasis

Nestled in the foothills of the Ica Desert dunes lies the small town of Huacachina, built around a small lake of 200-meters in diameter. Sandboarding and boogie-riding the dunes are two of the oasis’ most popular activities.

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Paracas Natural Reserve & Ballestas Islands

The Paracas National Reserve, located in the region of Ica, is known for its vast extensions of tropical desert that meet the Pacific Ocean, creating a stunning and unique coastal line and one of the most uncommon ecosystems in the world. The oldest National Reserve in Perú, Paracas is home to 216 species of birds, 16 types of mammals, 10 species of reptiles and 193 species of fish. The MuseoSitio de Julio C. Tello is a window to the pre-Incan Paracas culture, featuring artifacts and the history of this ancient people.
Located on the South Coast of Perú are Ballestas Islands, also known as Poor Man’s Galapagos. Composed largely of rock formations, these islands are an important sanctuary for wildlife, including fauna such as Humboldt penguins, fur seals, sea lions, penguins, guanay guano birds, blue-footed boobyand tendrils, among many others. One of the site’s main attractions is the mysterious Candelabra (El Candelabro), a large-scale geoglyph that may have served as a beacon to sailors. The origin of this unique geoglyph remain a mystery to this day.

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