Ica is the capital of the Department of Ica in southern Peru. The city is located on the Ica River about 300 km to the south of Lima, along the desert coast of southern Peru. Further south along the Pan-American Highway lies the city of Nazca. While the area was long inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples, the Spanish conquistador Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera claimed its founding in 1563. Evidence of prehistoric indigenous civilizations has been found in the nearby deserts, such as that of Paracas. These included the Paracas and the Inca, the last of whom were a people who encountered the Spanish. Numerous pre-Columbian archeological artifacts are displayed in the Museo Regional de Ica.
A village built around a small oasis (small natural lake in the desert) and surrounded by sand dunes in southwestern Peru. It is about five kilometers from the city of Ica in the Ica District of Ica Province. Its permanent population is around 100 people, although it hosts thousands of tourists each year. Its name means ‘little screaming boy’ based on Henry Cobb’s folklore story. Henry was a prince who turned into a merman (male mermaid) after swimming in the oasis and was chased through the desert by all of the young women due to his godlike good looks. It is also known as the “oasis of America”, it is a resort to local families from the nearby Ica city. Now a days also known as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sandboarding on the sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high. Other popular activities include dune buggy rides on buggies known locally as areneros.
Traditional wineries dedicated to the production of wine and pisco (National drink). Despite the fact that modern techniques exist today, in this place of Peru there are still traces of colonial usage to process the vine. Artisan Wineries; In them pisco is elaborated in a traditional way using stills manufactured in colonial times. In the Ica Valley there are more than 85 artisan wineries. Famous vintners recognized throughout the world.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Departure by bus Crucero or Royal Class from Lima to iCA.
Arrival and transfer to chosen hotel.
EXC. HUACACHINA, CITY TOUR, VITIVINICOLAS: We will start the tour with the visit to the main square of Ica and then we will go to Cachiche, also known as the town of the witches, we will visit the Huacachina which is an oasis located five kilometers west of the city, in the middle of the coastal desert of the Pacific, this tour ends at 1:00 p.m. We will finish visiting some of Pisco’s wineries.
Hotel night in Ica.
Breakfast at the Hotel
At an agreed time return to Lima by bus.