Ica, Paracas & Nazca
Ica boasts characteristic dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nazca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nazca.
Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna, it is also a mysterious land of villages, home of fine wine and “pisco”, Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.
The main attractions of Ica are:
Nazca Lines – Nazca
They are an enormous network of lines and drawings of animals and plants, attributed to the Nazca culture. Some of the best drawings depict humming birds, dogs, monkeys and “chaucato”, long-tailed mockingbirds. The German María Reiche dedicated 50 years to studying and researching the site and reached the conclusion that it was an astronomical calendar. To fully appreciate the drawings, the area must be flown over in a light aircraft.
Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve – Paracas
On a boat trip starting from the pier, you can see a variety of birds and sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and many other birds.
Huacachina Lagoon – Ica
It is an oasis in the middle of the desert, with a splendid landscape of palm trees, “huarangos” (acacias) and dunes, where you can go sandboarding. Its waters are said to have curative properties.
El Carmen District – Chincha
It is the neighborhood where lived the former slaves and their descendants. Blacks came from Senegal, Guinea, Congo and Angola, transferred to the Peruvian coast during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Here are the best exponents of the afro-peruvian music.