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Getting There

There are frequent buses from Lima to Ica (4 hr.), which drop passengers in the center of town. Frequent service also connects Ica to Nasca (2 hr.) and Pisco (45 min.). Cruz del Sur, Avenida Paseo de la República, Lima (tel. 01/311-5050; www.cruzdelsur.com.pe), and Ormeño, Av. Carlos Zavala 177, Lima (tel. 01/472-5000; www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe), both travel between Lima, Pisco, Nasca, and Arequipa. Soyuz, Av. México 331 (La Victoria), Lima (tel. 01/265-0501; www.soyuz.com.pe), connects Ica with Lima and Pisco, and is the fastest and best service (with the most frequent departures) from either city. Bus terminals in Ica are located in the center of town on or just off Jirón Lambayeque, a couple of blocks west of the Plaza de Armas.

Visitor Information

The tourist information office is located at Grau 150 (tel. 056/227-287), and the tourism police can be found on the Plaza de Armas (tel. 056/227-673).

Fast Facts -- Banco de Crédito, Av. Grau 109, at the corner of Callao (tel. 056/233-711), has an ATM. You'll also find money exchangers on the Plaza de Armas.

For medical attention, go to Hospital Félix Torrealva Gutiérrez, Bolívar 1065 (tel. 056/234-798), or Hospital de Apoyo, Camino a Huacachina s/n (tel. 056/235-231, or 056/235-101 for emergencies). If you need the police, its headquarters are located at Lambayeque, block 1 (tel. 056/224-553). You'll find a post office at San Martín 156 (tel. 056/234-549) and a Telefónica del Perú office at Jr. Huanuco 289 (tel. 056/217-247).

Getting Around

Ica is quite spread out, and getting around town will most likely involve taking inexpensive taxis, which flood the streets. (Most trips in town cost less than S/7) Taxis are especially useful in visiting the wineries located outside of town. There are also ciclotaxis, or bicycle rickshaws, which are cheaper still but less secure. Some visitors enjoy taking them out to Huacachina.

You can arrange Nasca Lines overflights from Ica, although it's considerably more common (not to mention much, much cheaper) to organize them in Nasca. If you want to do it from Ica, contact AeroCondor, in the Hotel Las Dunas at Av. La Angostura 400 (tel. 056/256-820 or 01/442-5112). For other organized tours, contact Huacachina Tours, Av. La Angostura 355, L-47, in front of the Hotel Las Dunas (tel. 056/256-582; www.huacachinatours.com); or Pelican Travel & Service, Jr. Independencia 156 and Jr. Lima 121 (tel. 056/225-211). For additional flight information, call the Aeródromo de Ica, Carretera Panamericana Sur, Km 299 (tel. 056/256-230).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.