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Ica Weather The majority of the Region of Ica is dry and deserted; however, in addition to its vast deserts, it has a dramatic coastline rich in fauna and marine species, as well as fertile valleys where the western Andean slopes allow the passage of the Rivers of Chincha, Pisco, Ica, Rio Grande, and San Juan. Ica presents three main climates. It is arid and semi-warm throughout the year in the main areas of the Provinces of Chincha, Pisco, Ica, and Nasca. The highest temperature in the summer can exceed 30ºC and in the winter can reach 25ºC. The lowest temperatures range from 18ºC in the summer and 10ºC in the winter. These areas are sunny all year long with good weather during the day. From December to March, it is rainy in the Andean areas of the Provinces of Chincha, Pisco, Ica, and Palpa. (The rest of the year it is semi-dry with a temperate climate.) This area enjoys similar temperatures to the ones described in the paragraph above. In the high Andean areas of the Province of Chincha, it is rainy with a semi-frigid and humid climate all year long with the exception of the winter season (June to August). A weather forecast for Ica can be reviewed at the Weather . Ica Healthcare When traveling to a foreign country for the first time, it is important to know that an illness can ruin a vacation if precautions are not taken. In this area of Peru, the main health issues for travelers are related to stomach infections due to the ingestion of contaminated food or liquids. The stomachs of foreign travelers are not familiar with the bacteria existent in poorly processed food and water. The consumption of these bacteria can lead to a strong stomach infection. Below are suggestions to reduce the risk of getting a stomach infection: Eat in a clean restaurant and recommended place. (Read reviews from fellow travelers about the restaurant in trustworthy sites.) Don't eat at street food kiosks (unless the place is highly recommended by many fellow travelers). When drinking a fruit juice ask if water used is from a bottle or purified. (Agua en botella en el jugo? or Agua purificada en el jugo?) Wash fruit and utensils for peeling your fruit with water from a bottle (no faucet unless it has a reliable filter) and then peel it. Vegetables should always be cooked before eaten. Avoid raw vegetables. (If you must eat vegetables, purchase a pre-washed bag of veggies and then wash them yourself with 1 liter of water from a bottle and a big glass of vinegar as a disinfectant. Remember to clean all utensils) What does this last sentence mean? Do you mean Remember to clean all utensils? Use water from a bottle to brush your teeth at all times. Don't drink water from a faucet unless it has a reliable filter. If symptoms of a stomach infection are noted (constant diarrhea and even vomiting), it is better to see a doctor immediately to get an antibiotic to kill the bacteria (bacteria should be confirmed through proper analysis) and ensure that the body recovers as soon as possible to continue with the journey. Plenty of liquids should be drunk to keep the body hydrated. In two or three days after the ingestion of the first pill, the body will be recovered but the stomach will still be sensitive. In the case of altitude sickness, the symptoms of the illness can be prevented or reduced by following the tips below: Ask a doctor for medicine to prevent altitude sickness and take it as advised. If you forget to ask a doctor, buy altitude sickness medicine in a pharmacy in Peru (prescription is not needed) and start taking it as suggested in the pharmacy at least 48 hours before going to a high-altitude city and continue for two or three days once there. Take it easy the first day; the first and second days avoid the ingestion of alcohol and heavy (fatty) meals, and drink plenty of liquids (water preferably). Hot coca leaf tea should be drunk constantly. It helps to prevent altitude sickness and it helps with the symptoms if you do succumb to it. The leaf doesn't have the property of making people high and it is safe to drink the tea; however, if a drug test needs to be passed in four days, don't drink it. The locals drink coca leaf tea to relieve stomachaches and altitude sickness. The ingestion of a lemon soda can help with vomiting. The majority of tourist attractions in Ica are near sea level, but there are some areas with high elevations. If the symptoms of altitude sickness are felt (headache, nausea, stomachache, extreme tiredness, and shortness of breath), it is better to just rest, avoid food, and drink plenty of liquids (coca mate leaf tea). If food is needed, a light soup with vegetables and potatoes is recommended. Usually, the next day the symptoms are gone or almost gone. Another solution is to go to a lower elevation. Clinics in Peru are privately managed while hospitals are run by the Peruvian government. Prices in a clinic are considerably higher than in a hospital. Below is a list of hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies: Clinica Daniel Alcides Carreon, Phone +5156262667, Ave. San Idelfonso 226, Chincha Alta District, Chincha Province Clinica Las Americas, Phone +5156532679, Ave. Las Americas 901, Pisco District, Pisco Province Clinica San Vicente, Phone +5156227263, Ave. Los Maestros 428, Esquina Hotel Real, Ica District, Ica Province Hospital de Apoyo Nasca, Phone +5156522010, Calle Callao Cuadra 4, Nasca District, Nasca Province Arcangel Pharmacy, Beatita de Humay 503, Pisco District Arcangel Pharmacy, Ave. Municipal 276, Ica District Arcangel Pharmacy, Beatita de Humay 503, Pisco District Arcangel Pharmacy, Calle Lima 571, Nasca District Ica Safety When in Peru, travelers need to take the same precautions they would when in any big and crowded city. Robberies are common in Peru but if precautions are taken, travelers should have not to deal with this. Below are some recommendations to avoid being the victim of a robbery. When walking in the street, always hold your belongings and walk with a purpose, showing people you are not distracted. Never leave your belongings unattended. This applies to restaurants, clubs, buses, taxis, and in general any public location. Never take a taxi from the streets (even if they look professional). Always call a taxi company and make arrangements by phone or have your hotel staff get a cab for you. In downtown Ica do not walk at night, and in downtown Paracas or Nasca do not walk alone at night. Ica has high rates of robberies; therefore, it is better to stay in safe areas with a trustworthy guide. Do not drink alcohol with strangers even if you are invited to have a few. Do not exchange foreign money in the streets. Exchange money in an establishment where you can count your money and look at the bills you are receiving. You can ask for a receipt in these places. Stolen credit cards or numbers is another issue for travelers. Below are recommendations to avoid having your credit card or number stolen: Contact your credit card and let them know that a trip to Peru will be made and provide dates. Ask them to request a phone authorization for expenses over a specific amount. When paying a bill with your credit card, do not let the store clerk take the card away from you. (Remember that your bank will charge a foreign transaction fee - check with your bank concerning how much per transaction.) Ask the establishment if an additional fee is charged for the transaction. When getting money from an ATM (even if the ATM is part of the bank facing the street), always verify that the card holder doesn't have a device attached to retain your card. With your hand, try to pull the card holder of the ATM. ATMs inside of banks should be used for safety. When using an ATM to get cash, the traveler will pay a fee to his/her bank and another one to the ATM used. (Both parties should be asked before getting money.) Never let a person approach you while at an ATM ("No se acerque"). When cards are taken by the ATM, some people approach the traveler to "help" and in a moment of distraction, cards can be stolen.
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