The department of Ica presents a relatively rugged territory, extensive pampas, desert plateaus, some valleys, and a coastline of incredible beauty. The Nazca Lines were created by ancient cultures for the gods, however Ica was created by the gods, who spread wonderful places for adventure sports in its geography.
The Paracas National Reserve is a must, and what better way to do it than to do it by bicycle along the routes that lead to its beaches and impressive rock formations where sea lions, otters, and penguins take refuge. Its coast offers cliffs, rocks and beaches where sport fishing is king. You can also surf in some championship waves. Another widely practiced sport is Paragliding, which takes advantage of the very good winds on the coasts. If you want to feel more adrenaline, you can join the group of athletes who practice Kite Surfing.
Located 5 km or 10 minutes by car, there is an oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by beautiful dunes, the Huacachina Lagoon, also known as the Oasis of America. The visitor can camp, practice sandboarding or sandboarding, rent a sandbox car and feel more adrenaline than a roller coaster going down its dunes, or go trekking along the trails of the Cañon de los Perdidos. In summary, the Ica region offers a large number of adventure sports for all kinds of preferences, and in fact the best Ceviche dish accompanied by a good wine.
Perhaps it is the best adventure sport you can practice in Ica. You will feel the adrenaline at 100% and the adventure rushing through your veins. The tubular ride is done in a group through the dunes, it is not advisable to use the selfie stick for this because it can fall from so much movement. The experience is the best.
The Tubulares in Ica, around the Laguna de la Huacachina or in the Usaka Dunes in Nazca, is an experience completely full of fun, which is very worth doing, it is an activity that is considered versatile that you can do alone, with the family or friends and it’s cheap.
Los Tubulares in Ica, is a Tour that takes place in a small car known as an Arenero or Buggy, which travels at high speeds through the desert, jumping the crests of the dunes, dropping down very steep slopes and crossing the desert plains that They are found around the Laguna de la Huacachina.
This activity is done in the City of Ica, in the dunes bordering the Laguna de la Huacachina, it is located almost 300 kilometers from the City of Lima, which can take you between 3 hours and a half to 4 hours to get there. .
Paracas is one of the best places in Peru to practice diving, its blue and turquoise waters make this adventure sport an unforgettable experience that most people want to relive.
In Paracas we find blue waters, also a surprising turquoise color, these are some of the adjectives that the Pacific Ocean that surrounds the country called Peru has. Among the large number of beaches suitable for diving & snorkeling, La Mina beach, Lagunilla beach, and Mendieta beach stand out, these are wonders of nature well known for diving.
In Paracas one of the best dives on the Peruvian coast is carried out, here you will find an immense variety of marine fauna, guano birds, sea lions, Humboldt penguins, among other species.
In the Ica region, there are many places to practice paragliding, one of them is Paracas, especially in the area that includes the Reserved Zone. The flights in the Reserve, through authorized companies, can start from 9 in the morning, at any time of the year.
Keep in mind that, as the day progresses, the winds can increase to 50 km/h. The paragliding flight through the territory of Paracas, allows you to fly over the reefs that the reserve has.
It is recommended that, if you are new to the field, you opt for paragliding only in the morning, since the afternoon winds are recommended for those who already have some mastery in the sport. When there is little wind you can fly on Cerro Maldito and if there are winds they are stronger on Supay beach, the weather is practically unpredictable.
Los Perdidos canyon is in the middle of the Ocucaje desert. Located 69 km southeast of the city of Ica, in the district of Santiago, it is a geological formation that has been little explored, but that will impress you in a matter of seconds. Dare to walk through its depths.
The tour to this attraction lasts approximately 8 hours (full day) and you will have to leave from the Plaza de Armas of Ica in the morning. It is recommended to take a certified travel agency to visit this attraction, since the place is not yet considered a protected area by the State. This canyon is believed to be about 35 million years old, and the fossil remains found around it attest to this. The four levels of this attraction invite you to stay attentive throughout the route. Keep in mind that the recommended minimum age to do the tour is 14 to 16 years old (due to the demands of the walk).
A guide will not only tell you the best places to take pictures of this wonder of Ica, but will also tell you everything about the fossil remains of whales, megalodon teeth, and seashells found at this point. A lagoon is also part of the tour that you can do in a few hours.
The Paracas Peninsula is a destination in Peru that you cannot miss, mainly because it offers a sample of beaches and cliffs in the confines of the Ica desert that dazzle the eyes of travelers. The Paracas peninsula is a natural and archaeological reserve because several animal species live there (pelicans, Humboldt penguins and sea lions) and it was formerly the home of the ancient Paraca tribe, prior to the Inca empire. In its geography you can visit the beaches Roja, Lagunillas, El Raspón, La Mina and Yumanque.
The route to the peninsular area begins in the town of Paracas. There you can rent a mountain bike. The indications are simple: leave the town heading south and look for the route in the same direction, the town is small and there is not much chance of making a mistake on this first section.
The first post is the park ranger’s control box or checkpoint. In that place they will ask you for an entrance ticket that you must buy previously at the port in official ticket sales sites. They will also require that ticket if they wish to visit the Ballestas Islands (in that case it costs 5 soles more for the right of port).
All the recommendations of the locals is not to cycle towards the peninsula in the afternoon, due to the disadvantage of having a headwind from the sea. The final dip at El Raspón or La Mina beach makes it worth the effort. Those who offer the bicycles provide an assistance service and give their phone in case of breakage, but it is preferable to take precautions and avoid being stranded for an hour waiting for the service.
If the entire route of the bay is completed, the distance of the route is more than 30 kilometers. If it is only done to the Reserve it is about 8 kilometers. Suitable for all people, no experience in mountain biking is necessary since the route is simple, without many slopes. On average, a cyclist takes more than 4 hours, this depends on the speed with which he goes, the physical resistance and the number of stops made.
From south to north, the Peruvian coastline is a desert fringe long of 3,000 kilometers: the perfect set-up for thermic winds to work out!. Most of those spots are to be found in the wildness and you have to be the adventurer kind of kitesurfer going on a road or a boat trip to get the most of it, flying your kite on spots that have never been kitesurfed before.
Paracas is a magnificent natural reserve super accessible within a few hours’ reach of Lima. Paracas is a big bay and there is room for a few hundred kites riding without being a problem, but it is rare to find more than 20 riders. It is the perfect water surface in for beginners and freestylers.
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