Ica

Ica is a beautiful city located in the southern part of Peru, in the middle of a green valley surrounded by the desert. This city stands out thanks to its warm climate, gorgeous white sand dunes and to a beautiful oasis known as Huacachina. Here you can explore the surroundings of the oasis or go for a ride with buggies out in the desert. The city of Ica also owns one of the best archaeological museums of Peru, “The Regional Museum of Ica”.

Ica’s splendid climate, sunny and dry all year round has made Ica the center of an important agricultural region. Commodity crops are cotton, grapes, asparagus, olives and other produce. It is known by Peruvians as the “Land of the Sun”.

Ica boasts a thriving wine and Pisco industry and here you can visit traditional vineyards located in the countryside and famous for its Pisco, fiery liquor distilled from grapes that was developed after the Spaniards arrived and takes its name from the port in the area.

Ica Highlights

  • Design Your Trip to IcaThe Huacachina Lagoon: This beautiful oasis is located at 3 miles from Ica city, placed in the desert and surrounded by sand dunes, palms, huarangos (carob tree) and beautiful houses around the shore. Buggies and Sandboarding has become popular on the sand dunes near Huacachina, an ideal area to take to the steep sandy slopes of the desert.
  • Regional Museum of Ica: It houses the remains of the ancient cultures that developed on the southern coast. The pre-Inca rooms display fine textiles from the Paracas people, wonderful pieces from the Nazca culture, featuring amazing musical instruments and great pictures of the Nazca Lines. Here you can also see some spectacular weapons and wood carvings from the Warix Empire, Ica, Chincha and Inca culture.
  • Our Selected Itineraries for IcaIca Wineries: Ica is well known for its wine industry. Most of the wine and Pisco export of the country are produced on this region. There are three important wineries in this area: Tacama, Vista Alegre and Ocucaje, which are well-respected wine exporters in Peru. Beyond the three industrial ones, there is also a collective of about 85 different small wineries known as the Artisanal wineries. These wineries follow many of old wine making traditions, including crushing the grapes by foot.