The coastal desert region of Ica is home to huge sand dunes and tranquil oases, the mysterious Nazca Lines, ancient pyramids and cemeteries, fertile valleys where Peruvian piscos and wines are made, oases, afro-Peruvian music, and unrelenting sun. SETICA, Ica’s Semana Turistica (Tourist Week) enthusiastically celebrates the attractions, culture, and cuisine of the region’s eponymous capital city. This year, festivities will take place during the final week of November. Although the Miss Turismo Ica competition takes place earlier and in fact just took place this Saturday, the biggest events will fall on that week. They include the Open International Sandboarding Contest at Huacachina Oasis, Marinera dance contests and Peruvian Paso horse shows. Parades highlight Ica’s folkloric dress, traditional dances, and live music, while wine and art competitions showcase other aspects of local culture.
Ica celebrates its tourism week each November with free tours, contests, food fairs, and more. Although the city hasn’t published this year’s program yet, it seems like the perfect time to explain the city’s culture and attractions for all those who’d like to explore the desert coast of Peru. Dance to the rhythms of Afro-Peruvian criollo music, sample the piscos and wines of the bodegas, watch diving Humboldt penguins, sandboard down some of the world’s largest dunes, visit a real desert oasis, and see the Cahuachi pyramids in an unforgettable journey.
From the world-famous Nazca Lines to Huacachina Oasis, the deserts of southern Peru hide valuable historical and natural treasures which attract ever more visitors each year. The southern coast is ideal for many extreme sports as well, including sandboarding, sandbuggying, wind- and kite-surfing. South of Lima, one finds a touristic route known as the Southern Circuit, which includes Paracas, Ica and Nazca.
For a desert, the coastal region of Ica in Peru certainly has a lot to offer, including Humboldt penguin colonies, mummies, pyramid temples, the Nazca Lines, sandboarding around Huacachina Oasis, pisco distilleries, and Afro-Peruvian criollo music and food. Learn which activities in the Ica Region are most popular, how to get there, and what traditional dishes to eat while you’re there…
A few days ago, the city of Ica in Peru’s desert coastal region began the Vendimia Festival in celebration of the grape harvest. The fertile oases of Ica have been producing wine and pisco brandy since colonial times, and now’s the perfect time to visit them and to tour the region’s artisanal bodegas, enjoy tastings, participate in grape stompings, and watch local dances and parades.