Ica is a hot, busy and chaotic city at the Peruvian Coast. It's famous for its wine.
Cruz del Sur is the most popular bus company with a stop in Ica. You can take the bus from Lima, Cusco, and other towns as well. Check local bus stations for the latest information on destinations and times. Tickets are cheap and the busses are the nicest ones in all of Peru. Located on Jose Elias is a bus station with ticket desks for many bus companies offering more basic, budget friendly travel for routes such as Ica - Cusco from S/.60 (September 2016).
Another source of information on bus schedules and ticket is AndesTransit.
There is a scam on the buses between Ica and Lima (July 2013) with water being "spilled" on the floor so that your bags get wet. They tell you to put your bag on the shelf above you and then later distract you while they're getting off. While this is happening they steal your backpack. If someone puts water on the floor be extra cautious.
Lots of taxis and mototaxis to take you anywhere you want to go. As with everywhere in Peru use an official taxi and agree the fare before your trip.
Soyuz/ PeruBus Buses leaves from bus station every 30 minutes to Nasca. It costs 10 soles (sept 2018)
In Ica visitors may visit the Huacachina Lagoon surrounded by huge sand dunes where you can practice Sandboarding. There are over 80 vineyards and wineries that produce Pisco, the national beverage, and wine. You can do a day tour that visits several of these.
"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.
Alternatively, you can check Trivago to find hotels for most budgets.
At night the streets of Ica can be dangerous. Take taxis to get around or just stay at your hotel. 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.
Huacachina is an oasis and resort in the desert a few kilometers from Ica, about a 10 minute drive away. Taxis costs around s./10, and tuk-tuks s./5, as of September 2017. Beware of non-licensed taxis - theft is prevalent.
Cruz del Sur have buses from Ica to many destinations. Bus from Ica to Arequipa is about 13 hours and can be taken as an overnight with 140 or 160 degree reclining seats.