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Altitude: 17 meters (56 ft) Population: 54,193 Phone Code: 056

Pisco lays midway between the Pan-American Highway and the coast. Once upon a time, it was a small fishing village that was the largest port between Callao and Matarani. The town’s three sections—Pisco Pueblo, Pisco Playa and Pisco Puerto—expanded into one over time, creating an eclectic mix of colonial-style homes and fisheries. Much of this was destroyed in the 2007 earthquake, and the city still bears many scars from it. The beautiful, Moorish-influenced Municipalidad building, to the left of the Cathedral, still stands, though it was heavily damaged in the quake. Pisco is slowly coming back to life. A project proposes to create a malecón (seaside promenade) at Pisco Playa, with walkways into the humedales (wetlands) there.

Although the town has a few interesting churches, it primarily serves as a jumping off point for travelers heading to Reserva Nacional de Paracas and Islas Ballestas. The town is most well-known for the national drink, pisco which is produced at vineyards spanning the highway as far south as Ica and beyond.


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

18 Jun 2012

Hotels in Pisco

Posada Hospedaje Gino

A small hostel with a family atmosphere, Posada Hospedaje Gino is one of the few true budget options that survived the 2007 Pisco earthquake. The owner, Gino, provides six rooms that are a bit small ...
Pisco, Peru

Hostal San Isidro

Hostal San Isidro is a favorite among Pisco visitors. This 18-room hotel is located in a quiet area of town, which tends to be safer than other areas. However, still be careful, especially at night. ...
Pisco, Peru

Hostal Posada Hispana

Posada Hispana Hotel, one of Pisco’s hotels with Old-World charm, is conveniently located just one block from the main square, Plaza de Armas. The reception-lobby of this inn is decorated with ...
Pisco, Peru

Hotel Residencial San Jorge

Hotel Residencial San Jorge’s three-story, glass façade greets travelers as they arrive at Hotel Residencial San Jorge. The 21 rooms that await them in this modern section are spacious and ...
Pisco, Peru

La HosterĂ­a del Monasterio

La Hostería del Monasterio combines the style of colonial-era monasteries with modern conveniences. Its rooms—for one to three travelers—are simply furnished and spacious, each with its own ...
Pisco, Peru

Restaurants in Pisco

As de Oro

As de Oro is a clean and modern restaurant that serves a broad array of traditional Peruvian food. It is a tremendously popular stop for tour groups and families visiting Pisco. Besides indoor ...
Pisco, Peru

El Dorado

Like a Phoenix rising out of the rubble of the devastating 2007 earthquake, El Dorado reopened its doors with larger facilities. The bistro is a bit fancier than in its pre-quake incarnation. Now ...
Pisco, Peru

Restaurante La Cabaña

Restaurant La Cabaña is one of several inexpensive restaurants near Plaza Belén. A low, green awning at this small diner’s front door proclaims its name. The daily special includes a choice of ...
Pisco, Peru

Restaurant CevicherĂ­a Sol Y Luna

Located on a pedestrian mall between Pisco’s Plaza de Armas and Plaza Belén, Restaurant Cevichería Sol y Luna offers an extensive menu of mean, chicken, fish and seafood dishes, as well as ...
Pisco, Peru
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