Southern Coast (Peru) : Ica
Ica is a hot, busy and chaotic city at the Peruvian Coast. It's famous for its wine.
In Ica visitors may visit the Huacachina Lagoon, the only oasis in South America, surrounded by huge sand dunes where you can practice Sandboarding. There are several vineyards and wineries, which produce Pisco, the national beverage, and wine.
"The Who" is by far the most popular dance club (discoteca) in Ica, and on Friday and Saturday nights it is full of young and middle-aged people dancing and drinking the night away.
El Otro Peñoncito, located a block away from the Plaza de Armas, has tasty Peruvian and Italian cuisine in a small but upscale restaurant. The owner is friendly enough, and the prices are reasonable, although by Peruvian standards they are somewhat expensive.
Restaurant McGrill, on Avenida Geterbo, has cheap set-menu lunches for 7 soles from 12:30 to around 3:00 pm. The restaurant is very clean and hygiene is good. Meals are small but tasty.
Pisco Sour, the famous Peruvian cocktail, is for sale at numerous locations in Ica.
Pisco, the fermented liquer made from grapes, is also for sale although most tourists find it too potent to drink pure.
Cachina, a sweet wine-like drink that is the precursor to pisco, is also for sale.
At night the streets of Ica can be dangerous. Take taxies to get around or just stay at your hotelroom.