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 Nazca (2 hr.) and Paracas (40 min.). Cruz del Sur (www.cruzdelsur.com.pe; tel. 01/311-5050), CIVA (http://civa.com.pe; [tel] 01/418-1111), and Ormeño, Av. Carlos Zavala 177, Lima (www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe; tel. 01/472-5000) travel between Lima, Paracas, and points further south. Soyuz (www.soyuz.com.pe; tel. 01/205-2307), which connects Ica with Lima and Pisco, is the fastest and has 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.
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 from S/5–S/10.) 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.
Fast Facts—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). Banco de Crédito, Av. Grau 109, at the corner of Callao (tel. 056/233-711), has an ATM. 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).
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.