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Ica

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Ica is a hot, busy and chaotic city at the Peruvian Coast. It's famous for its wine.

Get in

Ica is about 4~5 hours by bus from Lima, connections are frequent. To Nazca is only 2~3 hours.

There are skams going on on the busses between Ica and Lima (july 2013) where people put water on the floor so your bags get wet and then they tell you to put it on the shelf above you. Later on the distract you when they are getting of and steels your backpack. If someone put water on the floor be very carefull.

Get around

See

In Ica visitors may visit the Huacachina Lagoon surrounded by huge sand dunes where you can practice Sandboarding. There are several vineyards and wineries, which produce Pisco, the national beverage, and wine.

  • Museo de Piedras Grabadas, (Engraved Stones Museum) in Ica. [[1]] If you like the X files, you will love this mystery.

Do

"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.

Buy

Eat

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.

Drink

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.

Sleep

  • Hotel La Arboleda, Independencia 165. Basic and fairly clean hotel with friendly staff. The neighboorhood is dangerous at night. A single with shared bathroom cost 10 soles.
  • The Las Dunas Hotel, a complete resort, is the most expensive and most respected hotel in the area. It is in just 10 minutes away from downtown. Rooms cost between $80 and $200 per night.
  • Hotel Machu Picchu Avenida Tacna, two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, is a good deal. Rooms cost 30 soles per night but have hot water, cable tv, and large comfortable beds. Like many hotels near the Plaza, caution should be exercised when walking around at night.
  • Hotel Villa de Valverde, [2]
  • Hotel Ollanta, Urbanizacion Divino Maestro, G:22. Small family run hotel in a residential neighborhood. Close to the city centre and Huacachina oasis.


Stay safe

At night the streets of Ica can be dangerous. Take taxies to get around or just stay at your hotelroom. On the route from Ica to Lima, beware of a scam that involves someone pouring water on the floor (if you have your bag there). They then put it on the storage above the seat and furtively slide it towards the exit at the middle of the bus. They get off the bus a short distance later with your bag.

Get out

  • Huacachina is an oasis and resort in the desert a few kilometers from Ica.



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