Now I am traveling alone with my backpack and my camera, with only a plane ticket and my backpack. Peru was my first trip as a solo backpacker and, without a doubt, this experience was the most memorable of that trip. I had been in Paracas at the beginning of my trip and I stumbled upon a magical place, so I gave up my dream of going to Iquitos (in the Amazon) and I went back to Paracas again at the end of my trip, but this time I went alone, no people, no tourist trips. I bought 5 liters of water, 1 kilo of apples and cookies and I walked from the bus station to the Cathedral (in the Paracas Reserve) with the aim of watching a sunset and camping there overnight. It was tough, very tough, because I was carrying more than 25 kilos and it was very very hot, but it was definitely worth it in the end. These two pictures are self-portraits that I took on my way to the Cathedral, a photo of the Cathedral and the sunset from there.
This is is an oasis which is situated 5 kilometers west of the city of Ica, a few miles away from the Pacific coast of Peru, just south of Lima. It is a true natural oasis amid the white sands of the desert. It was formed by upwelling and undercurrents and around it there is a lot of vegetation, but the gossips say that it is artificial (there are too many businesses around the lake that consume the water). The most basic thing is to see the bottom of the lake, stopping off for a refreshment at a stall, the next step would be to climb one of the dunes that surround it and, if time permits it, the following step would be to boogie board in the dunes.
Approximately 2 miles away from the city of Ica is the Huacachina Oasis, which is surrounded by towering dunes. Many people go sandboarding here. It is the perfect place to relax and have fun on a boogie board that will take you up and down the dunes. You should also try sandboarding and watch the sunset.
Ica is a city located in the south of central Peru, on the banks of the river with the same name. The city in itself is not a tourist destination in itself but many travelers stop for several reasons, the most important being that some of the most spectacular places in Peru are situated near the city, for instance the Nazca Lines and the desert oasis of Huacachina. It is also visited due to the fact that it lies almost halfway between Lima and Arequipa. Ica has a certain charm to it as it provides a perfect example of what life in Peru is like - Peruvian customs are still kept in tact. Ica could be defined as chaotic, since the center is made up of several very long streets full of traffic and sidewalks which are difficult to traverse. These streets are full of restaurants which serve three-course meals for five Soles, the equivalent of one Euro. I recommend you eat at one of these establishments because the food is very good and it is a perfect way to interact with the locals. You however have to be careful because Ica is one of the areas where most thefts occur. It is therefor advisable to not go to far away from the center because it could be quite dangerous. Anyway, the locals will alert you if they see you straying away from safe streets.
During a boat trip around the Ballestas Islands there is a special and unique place where all the boats stop so that the tourists can have a look. This is the mountain on which "The Chandelier" is found. The Chandelier is a "geoglyphs" of impressive dimensions that acts as a beacon to mariners in the area. No one knows exactly how or when it was formed. It is a stunning dimensional drawing reflecting a chandelier and it is situated on a sandy hill. It's appears like a drawing in the sand, the difference being that it never disappears and you can see it from all angles and even from far away. It is related to the geoglyphs and the Nazca lines, because it is located relatively near to them, and therefore, it is believed to have been created by the Nazca culture that inhabited this area between the 200 and the 700 Centuries BC.
One of the most significant and internationally known in the Paracas National Reserve is the Cathedral. It has lots of interesting Heritage is (or at least it used to ...) and consists of a huge rock formation that was formed over the centuries due to erosion from the sea and the wind. It was called "The Cathedral" due to having similar domes as the other cathedrals. Even better, it is surrounded by a blue sea that has such incredible beauty. Unfortunately, currently, only the ruins of the Cathedral can be seen since training was destroyed due to the enormous earthquake that took place in Peru in 1997. This year, fell overboard the middle part of the cathedral and now no danger of shattering nearby areas continue because earthquakes are very common in the area. Anyway, it has created a panel next to the cathedral was showing up as 1997 and now, this place still has a special charm. Incidentally, they also say that the cathedral had gorilla-head and if you look at the photos if you can appreciate this way. Look closely at the pictures to see how the earthquake transformed it.
Ica is a great city located in south central Peru. It's a special and uniquely charming place, and you probably haven't seen anything like it anywhere else. There are plenty of things to see in Ica, starting with its wonderful Oasis Huacachina. It's the perfect way to take pictures and learn "sandboarding." It also has the Paracas National Reserve, one of the many important places to visit in Ica because of the impressive fusion of sea and desert, as well as a variety floral and fauna species. This was the reason why it was decided that this area would become protected. Other attractions in Ica are located in the center of the city, you can take a walk through its rustic streets, visit the Municipal Palace, the Cathedral, the Regional Museum and the Museum of Stones. Taking such a walk will show you firsthand what to do in Ica, why the city has so much history. After strolling around town, are you still wondering about other stuff to do in Ica? You could have a coffee and take a boat tour to see the Candelabra of Paracas, just another one of the unique things to do in Ica. Visit Minube to find out more about Ica activities and Ica attractions today!