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Ica City

Ica city is located in the central coast, 406 meters above sea level (1,332 feet), 202 miles (325 Km) south of Lima, 47 miles (75 Km) from Paracas and 84 miles (135 Km) from Nazca.

Ica city was founded in 1536 by the Spaniard Jerónimo de Cabrera. He gave the name of "Villa de Valverde". The city was in the middle of a fertile valley. Before its foundation, the Spaniards planted grapes brought from Canary Islands (Spain) and then began the tradition of the wine and the pisco.


Valley of Mysteries and Good Pisco

Ica boasts characteristic dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nazca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nazca. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna, it is also a mysterious land of villages, home of fine wine and "pisco", Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.


Traditional relaxation spot for Ica residents. An oasis in the middle of the desert, with a splendid landscape of palm trees, "huarangos" (acacias) and dunes, where you can go sandboarding. Its waters are said to have curative properties.

There are hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It's totally ruled by party-seeking crowds of backpackers.

Location : 5 Km south-west of Ica city (10 minutes).

Huacachina is the point for sandboarding and buggy excursions

One of Peru’s prettiest and most impressive deserts lies in Ica, a region of rare beauty that welcomes visitors with its delightful coast, which includes places perfect for adventures sports such as sandboarding and riveting dune buggy excursions.

Sandboarding first took hold in Peru on the dunes of Huacachina before spreading across the whole country. There are different techniques for sliding down the dunes, such as “slalom” (zig-zagging between gates), “boarder cross” (an obstacle competition between two or more participants), “slope style” (tricks on rails and ramps) and “big air” (huge jumps off a ramp).

Protective equipment for sandboarding includes a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and special glasses for the sand. The sandboard has bindings for riders’ feet, giving him or her a firm stance on the board. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and following the experts’ advice.

Dune buggies have become an unmissable attraction for travelers, who experience the excitement and speed of these famous sand vehicles zipping up and down over the strangely shaped dunes and the beautiful landscape sculpted by the wind at Huacachina.

To take part in this exciting buggy excursion, it is advisable to wear light clothing appropriate for the suffocating heat in the mornings (especially in the summer months of December through March) and to take a jacket for the afternoon breezes. We also recommend bringing water, a hat and sunscreen to fully enjoy the experience.

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    Huacachina - Ica, Peru

    © J. Mazzotti