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Pisco is a medium sized town on the Southern Coast of Peru just south of Lima.


This fisher town itself has little to offer to tourists and is best used only as a starting point for a trip to the Ballestas Islands and possibly the nearby salt desert and national reserve, Paracas. Pisco was the tourist hub of the area prior to the earthquake in 2007 but has not completely bounced back from that. Most businesses moved to Paracas, but enough remained to still provide a comfortable stay.

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

Most of the buses on the Pan-american Highway from Lima to Ica, Nazca, Arequipa etc. won't leave this road, dropping you of at the junction about 4 miles outside town, from where you can easily pick up a local bus or taxi (S./10 as of May 2014). Direct options from Ica are not expensive with luxurious buses running this route. More information can be found at AndesTransit.

Some buses from Lima (3-4hrs) do go in to town and there are local buses to Ica.

By Taxi[edit]

You may be able to negotiate a taxi to take you from Lima to Pisco for around 200 soles. This can be a lot more comfortable especially if you are going to arrive in the dark.

Get around[edit]

There are plenty of mototaxis to take you around the town.

See[edit][add listing]

On the west side of town Pisco is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and they have built a large walking area and nice playgrounds for children. There are also monuments and military replicas (torpedoes, helicopters, etc).

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to see the sea lions and hillside Candelabra. You can usually add a tour of the Paracas National Reserve for a small extra price over the Ballestas trip. The reserve has an information center, a small fishing village and some rather dramatic sea-shore cliffs. It will not be the highlight of your trip, but it may be worth the trouble and the money. May 2016, the negotiated price was S./28 for one person at the office inside the "embarcadero islas Ballistas" + S./13 of park entrance fee (avoid touts outside...).

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Los Tres Duendes - Av San Martin 188 - Smoothie and Juice Bar with good food as well. Huge, delicious blended drinks, sandwiches, crepes, desserts, yogurt/fruit salads.

Drink[edit][add listing]

You should try Pisco, which is the national drink of Peru, and as the name implies, was first made in this city. Pisco sour is an excellent Peruvian invention too. You might be able to try both of them in Chile, but the Chilean recipes are adapted to different tastes.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Yuppie Hospedaje. (Next to San Isidro on calle San Clemente) Chill place with spotless rooms/bathrooms, Wifi, TV, fan. Dorm 15 soles
  • Hostal San Isidro. Kitchen use, free games (ping pong, pool, fooseball), a pool (which had no water when we were there), clean, nice people. 46 Soles for a room with a double bed (shared bathroom). Dorm 30 soles.
  • Posada Gino - Marquez de Mancera 241 - Private room with bathroom and TV for S./42 (May 2014). Clean and nice. Can organize trip to Ballestas and Paracas Reserve as well.

Stay Safe[edit]

The "tourist safe" area seems to be the 2-block radius around the Plaza de Armas. Paracas seems safe as well.

Numerous locals warned us about watching our bags, and even just walking in the market area and beach. Tuk tuks are recommended for safe, cheap travel through the sketchier parts of town.

Get out[edit]

By Bus[edit]

A few buses a day go to Ayacucho in the Andes, passing the Inca ruins at Tambo Colorado 2 hours away. To get one of these buses you have to catch a taxi (10-12 Soles) up to San Clemente, a scruffy junction of a town; watch your bags. Two bus companies go to Ayacucho, but Molina is recommended over the other. It provides night service, with buses leaving at 11:30p, 12:00am and 12:30am. The trip takes 7 hours. For semi-cama service, 40 Soles.

A taxi to Paracas was S./15 for two as of May 2014

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