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Altitude: 406 meters (1,320 ft) Population: 152,000 Phone Code: 056

Ica is a beautiful, palm-treed city in a green river valley surrounded by the Ica Desert. This wonderful city stands out, thanks to its warm climate, gorgeous white sand dunes. It is midways between the hot tourist spots Paracas, with a national reserve, Islas Ballestras and terrific birdwatching, and Nasca with its mysterious lines. Just a few kilometers out of the city is Huacachina Oasis, a born-again resort.

Ica has one of Peru’s best archaeological museums, Museo Regional de Ica, which displays stunning relics and mummies from the Paracas, Nasca, Wari and Inca cultures that flourished in the south.

In addition, visitors may spend a great time at one of the traditional vineyards located in the countryside and learn how Peruvians prepare Pisco. The grape-harvest season runs from February to April. Early Spanish settlers planted grapes, which thrived in the arid conditions. Today, the Ica region is known as Peru's premier winemaking region, and there are more than 80 wineries in the area, many of which accept visitors.


Other places nearby Ica: Huacachina Oasis, Torata, Moquegua, Pisco, Paracas, Ilo, The Nasca Lines, Tacna and Nasca.

18 Jun 2012

Hotels in Ica

Posada del Sol

Hotel Posada del Sol is a tall monument a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas and bus depots. The rooms are very large, bright and shiny clean. They all come with private, hot water baths and TV. ...
Ica, Peru

Hotel Las Dunas

Hotel Las Dunas is a complete resort-hotel. The 130 spacious, airy rooms have cable TV, air conditioning, minibar and private bathrooms with tubs. There are also suites and a family chalet. Most ...
Ica, Peru

Hospedaje Loreto

Inexpensive lodging is a bit hard to find in Ica. Hospedaje Loreto is one of the cheapest. The staff is friendly, though they don’t quite seem to know what to do with foreigners. Most of this ...
Ica, Peru


McHotel, in one of Ica’s safer neighborhoods, is a restful haven for all sorts of travelers. This six-story, modern hotel offers a range of rooms. Standard accommodations have comfortable beds, ...
Ica, Peru

Restaurants in Ica

Restaurant Vegetariano El Paraíso

Slip into the sunny-colored retreat of the Restaurant Vegetariano El Paraíso. This two-room eatery provides a respite from the bustling city. Quickly, Doña Marta and her staff will be at your table ...
Ica, Peru


Facing the Plaza de Armas, Anita takes the center stage on Calle Libertad. This restaurant with a cafeteria atmosphere offers your general fare of sandwiches, Peruvian dishes, chicken, meat and ...
Ica, Peru

Plaza 125

Across from the Plaza de Armas is one of Ica’s venerable local restaurants, Plaza 125. The menu features regional and international recipes of meats, chicken (including pollo a la brasa, ...
Ica, Peru

El Otro Peñoncito

If you are in the mood for a refined dining experience, then El Otro Peñoncito is the place to go. This restaurant, considered to be one of Ica’s finest, has a distinguished air created by the ...
Ica, Peru

Restaurant Venezia

In 1956, Settimo Spano Amucano arrived to Ica from Italy. He began small, selling sándwiches, ice cream and cakes. With time, his restaurant grew into the venerable Italian restaurant it is today. ...
Ica, Peru
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