Region of Ica

Ica Provinces

(Counties)

Ica, located inthe southcentralpart of Peru,is composed of 5 provinces or counties. It has severalecologicalsteps (0 to 4,893 meters above sea level) and covers an area of 21,327.83 square kilometers. Ica is the 19th largest region in Peru (out of 25 including El Callao) and has a rich coast due to its coldwater with a varied fauna living on the Islands Ballestas and San Gallon. Ica is sunny most of the year with beaches that are a great source of entertainment and relaxation allyear round. This is a mainly desert-like region with beautiful sand dunes which are great for sand boarding and four wheel driving. The Natural Reserve of Paracas offers incredible landscapes and a varied fauna.

The Region of Ica is rich in history. This fertile but dry land gave life to the Paracas and Nasca civilizations, whose people developed great textile and ceramic skills and drew the Nasca Lines. The best pisco and wine in Peru can be found in this region.

Below,the traveler can read highlights of each province in the Region of Ica:

Province of Chincha

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Province of Ica

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Province of Nasca (aka Nazca)

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Province of Palpa

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Province of Pisco

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Province of Chincha

Location: Located north inthe region andon the Pacific Ocean to the west with the Regions of Lima and Huancavelica to the north and northeast respectively and the Province of Pisco to the south

Population: 194,315 inhabitants  (2007 Census)

Capital: Chincha Alta Town

Districts (Towns and Townships in the US): Of the 1 1 districts in this province, the most important  are:

  • Alto Loran (207 kilometers from Lima town- 2 hours and 45 minutes)
  • Chincha Alta (206 kilometers from Lima town- 2 hours and 40 minutes)
  • El Carmen (216 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 50 minutes)
  • Sunampe (201 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 35 minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  • Huaca La Centinela - Main Temple & Settlement of the Chincha civilization between 1200 AD and 1470 AD (Chincha Alta District)
  • Huancor Petroglyphs (Alto Loran District)

Buildings and Places:

  • El Carmen Area  (El Carmen District)
  • San Jose Hacienda (El Carmen District)
  • Wineries (Sunampe District)

Museums:

  • San Daniel Comboni Museum (El Carmen District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • There aren't natural reserves in Chicha
  • The best beaches are located in the Chincha Alta District (Lurinchincha, El Silencio, Las Totoritas)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach camping (Wakama)
  • Hiking

Restaurants:

  • El Condado (Panamericana Sur Km. 195, Sunampe District)
  • El Refugio de Mamaine (Caserio El Guayabo, Lt . 46, El Carmen District)
  • San Jose Hacienda Restaurant (Panamericana Sur Km. 203, El Carmen District)

Accommodations:

  • Wakama Eco Lodge - Tourist Beach Hostel (Panamericana Sur Km. 174, Chincha  Alta)
  • Hacienda San Jose - Boutique-style Hotel (Panamericana Sur Km. 203, El Carmen District)

Province of Ica

Location: Located in the center of the region ,along the Pacific Ocean and to the west of the Region of Huancavelica. lt also has the Province of Pisco to the north and the Province of Nasca to the south.

Population: 321,332 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Ica Town

Districts (Towns and Townships in the US): 01 the 1 1 districts in this province, the most important are:

  • Ica (307 kilometers from Lima town- 4 hours and lO minutes)
  • La Tinguiña (309 kilometers from Lima town- 4 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Ocucaje (341 kilometers from Limatown - 4 hours and 40 minutes)
  • San Jose de los Molinos (323 kilometers from Lima town-4hours and25 minutes)
  • Santiago    (320 kilometers from Lima town - 4 hours and 20 minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  • La Achirana del Inca - Water Channel (Starts inSanJose de los Molinos District)

Buildings and Places:

  • Cachiche Town (Ica District)
  • Ocucaje Winery (Ocucaje District)
  • Tocorno Winery (La Tinguiña District) 

Museums:

  • Regional Museum Adolfo Bermudez Jenkins (Ica District) 

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • La Huacachina Oasis (Ica District)
  • San Fernando Reserva (Santiago District)
  • The best  beach is located in the Ocucaje District (Punta Lomitas)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach camping (Wakama)
  • Hiking
  • Sand boarding

Restaurants:

  • El Catador (Panamerica Sur Km. 294, Fundo Tres Esquinas, Subtanjalla District)
  • El Otro Peñoncito (Bolivar 225, Ica District)
  • La Casa de Bamboo (Av. Perotti s/n, Balneario La Huacachina, Ica District)
  • Venezia (San Martin 1229, Ica District)

Accommodations:

  • El Huacachinero - Youth Hostel (Av. Perotti s/n, Balneario La Huacachina, Ica District)
  • Mossone Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Balneario La Huacachina s/n, Ica District)
  • Hotel Hacienda El Carmelo - Boutique­ style Hotel (Panamericana Sur Km. 30 l, Ica District)
  • Las Dunas Hotel -Luxurious Hotel (Av. La Angostura 400, Ica District)

Province of Nasca (aka Nazca)

Location: Located inthe south of the region, it is along the Pacific Oceanto thewest with the Region of Arequipa to south and the Region of Ayacucho to the east and the Provinces of Ica and Palpa to the north.

Population: 57,531 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Nasca Town

Districts (Towns and Townships inthe US): The province is composed of the following 5 districts:

  • Changuillo (420 kilometers from Lima town- 5 hours and 45 minutes)
  • El Ingenio (429 kilometers from Lima town- 5 hours and 50 minutes)
  • Nazca (429 kilometers from Lima town-5 hours and 50 minutes)
  • Marcona (526 kilometers from Lima town - 7 hours)
  • Vista Alegre (449 kilometers from Lima town - 6 hours)

Ancient Sites:

  • Cahuachi - Nasca Culture Main Site (Nasca District)
  • Cantalloc Aqueducts Nasca Civilization Aqueducts (Nasca District)
  • Chauchilla Cemetery - Remains of a Nasca Civilization Cemetery (Vista Alegre District)
  • Los Paredones - Inca Civilization Remains (Nasca District)
  • Nasca Unes - Geoglyphs made by the Nasca Civilization (Nasca District)

Buildings and Places:

  • Cerro Blanco - Highest Sand Dune inthe world (Vista Alegre District)
  • Maria Reiche Planetarium (Nasca District)

Museums:

  • Antonini Archaeological Museum (Nasca District)
  • Maria Reiche Museum (El Ingenio District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • San Fernando Reserva (Changuillo, Nasca and Marcona Districts)
  • The best beaches are located in the Marcona District (Acapulco, Pinguinos, La Libertad)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach camping
  • Hiking
  • Sand boarding

Restaurants:

  • Cantalloc Hotel Restaurant (Carretera a Puquio s/n, Nasca District)
  • El Porton (Ignacio Morsesky 120,Nasca District)
  • La Encantada (Blvd. Bolognesi 282, Nasca District)
  • Nazca Unes Hotel Restaurant (Jiron Bolognesi 147, Nasca District)

Accommodations:

  • Alegria Hotel - Bed & Breakfast (Calle Lima 1 16,Nasca District)
  • Oro Viejo Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Jiron Callao 483, Nasca District)
  • Casa Andina - Tourist Hotel (Blvd. Bolognesi 367,Nasca District)
  • Nasca Unes Hotel -Boutique-style Hotel Hotel (Balneario La Huacachina s/n, Ica District)
  • Cantalloc Hotel- Luxurious Hotel (Av. La Angostura 400, Ica District)

Province of Palpa

Location: Located inthe eastern center of the tegion,it is west of the Regions of Ayacucho and Huancavelica and east of the Provinces of Ica and Nasca.
Population: 12,875 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Palpa Town

Districts (Townsand Townships inthe US): The province is composed of the  following 5  districts:

  • Llipata (398 kilometers from Lima town- 5 hours and 20 minutes)
  • Palpa (398 kilometers from Lima town- 5 hours and 20 minutes
  • Rio Grande  (396 kilometers  from Lima town- 5 hours and  15 minutes)
  • Santa Cruz (390 kilometers from Lima town - 5 hours and lO minutes)
  • Tibillo (399 kilometers from Lima town - 5 hours and 30 minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  • Ancient    Sundial - Geoglyphs made by the Nasca Civilization (Palpa District)
  • Chichictara Petroglyphs - Paracas Civilization (Palpa District)
  • Huayuri - Pre-Colombian Site (Santa Cruz District)
  • Palpa Unes - Geoglyphs made by the Nasca Civilization (Llipata District)

Buildings and Places:

  • There aren't relevant buildings in Palpa

Museums:

  • Palpa City Museum (Palpa District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • There aren't relevant natural reserves or spots in Palpa
  • Palpa doesn't hove a coastline

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hiking

Restaurants:

  • There aren't relevant restaurants in Palpa

Accommodations:

  • There aren't relevant hostels or hotels in Palpa

Province of Pisco

Location: Located in the northcentral part of the region,it is along the Pacific Ocean to the west with the Region of Huancavelica to the east and the Provinces of Chincha to the north and Ica to the south.

Population: 125,879 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Pisco Town

Districts (Towns and Townships in the US): 01the province's 8 districts, the most  important  are:
Humay (263 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and 25 minutes)
Paracas (264 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and 30 minutes)
Pisco (241 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and lO minutes)
San Andres    (245 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and lO minutes)
San Clemente (232 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours)

Ancient Siles:

  • Tambo Colorado - Inca Site (Humay District)

Buildings and Places:

  • There aren't relevant buildings in Pisco

Museums:

  • Julio C. Tello Museum (Paracas District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • Paracas National Reserve (Paracas District)
  • Ballestas lslands (Paracas District)
  • The best beaches are located in the Paracas Reserve (La Mina and Lagunillas)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach camping (Paracas District)
  • Hiking (Paracas District)
  • Kite surfing (Paracas District)
  • Wind surfing  (Paracas District)

Restaurants:

  • El Chorito  (Av. Paracas s/n,Paracas District)
  • As de Oros (Av. San Martin 472,Pisco District)

Accommodations:

  • El Amigo - Youth Hostel (Calle Lima 1 16, Nasca District)
  • The Zarcillo Paradise - Bed & Breakfast (Ave. Principal del Chaco lO l,Paracas District)
  • Posada del Emancipador -Tourist Hotel (AV. Paracas 25, Paracas District)
  • La Hacienda Bahia Paracas - Boutique-style Hotel (Urb. Santo Domingo Lote 25, Paracas District)
  • Double Tree Resort by Hilton Paracas- Luxurious Hotel (Urb. Santo Domingo Lote 30 - 34,Paracas District)

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