A trip especially designed for family groups that allow visiting the best attractions of the city of Ica at their own pace. On this journey we visit the vineyards of Pisco, the Regional Museum of Ica, an interesting place that display ancient relics and human remains from the cultures that inhabited the Ica region more than 2000 years ago. On this journey we visit the Huacachina Oasis, including a wonderful ride with dune buggies around the gorgeous desert of Hucachina. During this adventure you will be able to practice one the most popular sports in the zone “Sandboarding". At the vineyards you will able to learn how Peruvians produce the popular spirit called Pisco. On the way to the city of Nazca we will show the enigmatic Nazca & Palpa Lines.
Photo Gallery: Huacachina, Museums & Nazca Lines.
10:30 hrs. You will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas. Later on we will start our journey towards the city of Ica. Once we reach Ica, we will start our tour with a guided visit to the Vineyards of Pisco. At the bodegas, as they are locally known, we will do a nice walking tour exploring with our guide the places where this delicious Peruvian drink is made.
According to history this Brandy-like liquor was made since 1540 in Peru, and at this time it was known simply as a spirit drink, it was not till the XVII century that the grape brandy was baptized as Pisco. It is said that when the Incas arrived in this area around 1450th, they saw millions of sea birds at shore of the Pacific Ocean, near the bay of Paracas and they were so amazed, that they baptized the area with the name of Pisco, a Quechua word that means “bird”. Here we will learn more details about this popular drink at the end we will able to taste all types of Piscos locals made there.
Later on, we will visit the Regional Museum of Ica, an interesting building that houses the remains of the ancient cultures that developed on the southern coast. We will start our visit, walking through the pre-Inca rooms, which display fine textiles from the Paracas people, wonderful ceramics from the Nazca culture, featuring amazing musical instruments and great pictures of the Nazca Lines. Here we will also see some spectacular weapons and would carvings from the Wari Empire, Ica Chincha and Inca culture. On the other side of the Museum, we will visit the anthropological room, which exhibits human remains from the same cultures mentioned above, featuring deformed skulls, cranial surgery practiced on ancient Peruvians, beautiful head-dresses, well preserve mummies, including babies and trophy heads.
Afterwards we will drive southwest towards the Oasis of La Huacachina, a gorgeous lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge san dunes. In Huacachina we will board a buggy machine and then we will go out to the desert to explore the surroundings of this oasis. We will drive up towards the west, where the most beautiful dune formations are found. We will drive across Ica’s desert in a 4x4 buggy vehicle, and will make many stops along the way for pictures. The desert of Ica is the most beautiful in our country and, offers stunning landscapes, not only of sand dunes, but also of the Huacachina lagoon, from above. There will be many points where you will have the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of one of most popular sports in Ica “Sandboarding”. Our driver will take us to the summit of some dunes, and from the very top you will be able to slide down the dune. Before you start to sand surf, our guide/instructor will teach you specific techniques to ensure a safety ride. There are actually plenty spots to sandboard around Huacachina Oasis, with a wide variety of dunes, suitable for the very beginners, as well as for professional sand boarders. Keep in mind that on this tour you will not have to walk up the dunes to go for a second or a third ride, our driver will do all the lifting job for you. As you can see it will be very easy and cool. The whole tour will take about 1 hour. Evetually we will return to Huacachina and then will take our private vehicle to the city of Nazca. The trip from Huacachina to Nazca takes 2 hours, and allows great views of the Peruvian desert coast, and some oasis-towns located on route. During this journey we will also pass the Nazca and Palpa Lines drawings from the top of a metallic tower. Upon your arrival in Nazca our driver will drop you off at your hotel. End of our tour.
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