ICA COAST & DESERT
A trip to Peru is not complete without trying pisco, the country’s national, world-famous drink. And what better way to do that than by visiting the city of Ica, home to more than 200 pisco distilleries. Visiting one of these distilleries is embarking in a journey full of history, culture, flavours and scents.
Nestled in the foothills of the Ica Desert dunes lies the small town of Huacachina, built around an oasis of 200-meters in diameter. Sand boarding and buggy-riding the dunes are two of the oasis’ most popular activities, you will find many companies offering sand boarding and buggy-riding to adrenaline seekers. At Peru Social we work with one of the only companies in Ica offering professional equipment, training time & a professional guide at all times to ensure your safety and security.
Paracas Natural Reserve
The Paracas National Reserve, located in the region of Ica, is known for its vast extensions of tropical desert that meet the Pacific Ocean, creating a stunning and unique coastal line and one of the most uncommon ecosystems in the world. The oldest National Reserve in Peru, Paracas is home to 216 species of birds, 16 types of mammals, 10 species of reptiles and 193 species of fish. The Museo Sitio de Julio C. Tello is a window to the pre-Incan Paracas culture, featuring artefacts and the history of this ancient people.
Located on the South Coast of Peru, 30 minutes from Paracas by boat, are Ballestas Islands, also known as Poor Man’s Galapagos. Composed largely of rock formations, these islands are an important sanctuary for wildlife, including fauna such as Humboldt penguins, fur seals, sea lions, penguins, guanay guano birds, blue-footed boobyand tendrils, among many others. One of the site’s main attractions is the mysterious Candelabra (El Candelabro), a large-scale geoglyph that may have served as a beacon to sailors. The origin of this unique geoglyph remain a mystery to this day.