The Department of Ica lies south of the Lima region and north of the Arequipa region. The Ica region is home to the Nazca Lines, the only South American oasis, penguins, and vineyards. Ica is home to many uncountable experiences and will without a doubt be a place to forever remember.
What to do in Ica
The town of Paracas is located on the Pacific Ocean. Paracas is home to some of the best seafood in Peru, as well as some of the cheapest too. Paracas also serves as a gateway to the National Reserve and Islas Ballestas.
Huacachina is a town around South America's only natural desert oasis. At Huacachina, you will experience what it feels like to be surrounded by sand dunes at every corner.
Hacienda San José is a former plantation in Chincha, Peru. This plantation is home to a series of secret passageways you can go down and a dark slave history you can learn about.
The Paracas National Reserve is where desert meets ocean. Here you will stand on cliffs made by an ancient volcano below the sea. You will also feel like you are on Mars once you head inland and see nothing but red mountains and large lava rocks.
Due to Huacachina's unique landscape, it serves as one of the best places in the world to go sand-boarding and take a dunebuggy tour across the sand dunes. Just make sure to wear sun glasses to protect your eyes from the sand.
Peru is believed to be home to the alcoholic beverage known as Pisco (the only country that argues this is Chile). In the city of Pisco, you can explore many vineyards and bodegas, such as El Catador, which serves and makes their own pisco.
Islas Ballestas is nicknamed the 'Poor man's Galapagos islands', as it home to sea lions, penguins, and hundreds of sea birds. These islands also served as one of the largest reserves of guano in the world.
The town of Huacachina is home to Cerro Blanco, which is believed to be one of the highest sand dunes in the world at 2,080 meters above sea level. I recommend taking a hike and climbing one of the dunes as the views are like no other in this world.
The Nazca lines of Peru cover nearly an area of 1,000 square kilometers and is home to about three-hundred different figures. The best way to see the figures are by air or by standing on nearby hilltops.