This three-stop circuit is full of cultural richness that the ancient civilization of Nasca left behind. There are many attractions along the way which can be seen in a diversity of settings. One of the great things that Peru has to offer as a country is that the coast of the Pacific Ocean lines it. It means there is abundant sea life, sunshine and the bonus here is a lot of cultural history dating back thousands of years.
One of the main attractions is the beautiful islands which are home to the local animal life. There are mammals such as pink dolphins and sea lions among many others. If you visit during mating season, you will see dozens of sea lions sunbathing on the shores of the island. Bird watchers will enjoy this spot because of the vast array of birds and penguins that call this island home. Some of the birds you will find here are Peruvian Pelicans, Franklin’s Gull, Inca Tern among the many who visit this region, and others for which it is home. The Humboldt penguin is the most notable of the animals that live on this island.
Sea Lions in Paracas
Getting to this island is a relaxing boat ride of about 20 minutes at sea. It is recommended to take a windbreaker because of the spray. It is a fantastic way to feel both connected to nature and disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the city; quite a contrast to life in the capital city of Lima.
Many are surprised to see the advanced skills shown by the Nasca civilization when it comes to the applied sciences they used to build and administer their city. Providing solutions to the problem of dry weather was one of the ways that the people of Nasca stood out in comparison to other civilizations.
The Astronaut, Nasca Lines
The Nasca Lines became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Tourists flood here from all over the world to see the impressive geoglyphs of animals and abstract shapes. These are thought to have had religious purposes; while others say they link to constellations or even navigation systems. Truthfully, the meaning of the lines has not yet been precisely determined.
Ica is known for its vineyards and local legends. It is the heart of Creole influence, as many African slaves settled there after being freed following the reign of the Spanish during the Spanish Inquisition. It left a substantial impact on the city’s art, dances, food and just about everything else. Nowadays you can enjoy Pisco, which is locally made and many treats such as Tejas de Limon, Frejol Colado, and Dulce de Higo. There are many other delicious things to try in the marketplaces around Ica including liquors made from peaches and wine made from figs.
The legends that surround this department of Peru exist because of the Creole influence, which brought with it forms of witchcraft; and many say that it still is part of the underlying culture of Ica even today.