ICA, NAZCA, PARACAS
Ica is an esoteric land, and its people is deeply religious. It has landscapes with sand dunes, valleys and sun almost all year. It also is an agricultural region by excellence, in where cotton, broad bean and asparagus fields, as well as citrous fruit and vine plantations, alternate their fertile hues, with extensive deserts, with impressive textures and colors. On its territories, some of ancient Peru´s most important cultures developed, such as the Paracas and Nazca who left rich cultural and architectural legacies that are still there, in spite of time, sand and winds.
Mandatory visits are: The Paracas National Reserve a natural coastal area, protected by the State, and which, among its beaches and rock formations, of an impressive beauty, serves as a refuge to seals, otters, penguins, dolphins and over two hundred bird species, including flamingos, shoreline migratory birds, and guano birds. In the Province of Nazca, a little over 100 km. from the city of Ica, lie the famous Nazca Lines, one of the world´s greatest archaeological enigmas, declared as Humanity´s Cultural Patrimony, by the UNESCO, in 1994. It is a series of lines and drawings, traced in the sand, among which the Spider, Hummingbird and Monkey stand out, as these can be appreciated, while flying over the area, on board a light plane.
In the Department of Ica, there are numerous wineries, some of which are over 400 years old. Most of them can be visited, as they are family-owned companies, inherited from generation to generation, where delicious piscos and wines, of excellent quality, are produced. Then, the Huacachina Lagoon is a green oasis, nestled among sand dunes, and situated just a few minutes from the city of Ica. Finally, Chincha is a beautiful valley, where the very famous and rhythmic afro-Peruvian music was originated.