Ica

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Sights

Main attractions in the city

Initially part of the Society of Jesus group of monuments, it has the original construction dates of the 18th century, but it was renovated in 1814. Its exterior is neoclassical in style, while the predominant style in the interior is Baroque, especially the pulpit and altars.

This temple is in the neoclassical style, currently ruined by the 2007 earthquake. The Lord of Luren is considered the patron saint of the city. In Easter Week and during the third week of October, thousands of worshipers meet to accompany the image of the patron saint in a procession.

This museum has a collection of items from the Paracas, Nasca, Huari, Ica and Inca civilizations on display. It also holds colonial artworks and furniture, and some Republic-era items.

This house is one of the few remnants of Vice-Royalty-era architecture that have survived the earthquakes in the region and urban growth. The beautiful rococo-style gateway, carved from stone, is not to be missed. Also known as Casa Bolívar (Bolívar House), as Simón Bolívar stayed there during his journey through the city.

Main attractions beyond the city

This is a traditional winery dedicated to wine and pisco making. The site still features vine processing techniques from colonial times.

An enormous network of lines and drawings of animals and plants, attributed to the Nazca culture, covering an area of approximately 350 km². Some of the best drawings depict humming birds, dogs, monkeys and “chaucato,” long-tailed mockingbirds. The German María Reiche dedicated 50 years to studying and researching the site and reached the conclusion that it was an astronomical calendar. From a 12-metre high viewpoint, the figures of the hand and the tree can be partially seen. However, to fully appreciate the drawings, the area must be flown over in a light aircraft. The Nazca Lines were declared a World Heritage Site in 1994.

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 sand boarding. Its waters are said to have curative properties.

According to Cachiche tradition, this was a town made famous by its witches, who cured all types of illnesses and injuries. The palm tree with the seven heads, all grown from the same trunk, can be seen here.

These areas contain beautiful beaches, perfect for fishing, underwater hunting and camping. El Morro, El Negro, La Hierba, Lomitas, Oyeros, Antana, Barlovento and La Cueva are highlights. The desert has to be crossed to see them, in the company of a guide and with an appropriate vehicle.

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