Chapter Eight - Ica and a winery

Trip Start Jan 02, 2014
Trip End Jan 17, 2014

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Hotel Restaurant Curasi Huacachina
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Hacienda Tacama Bodega Ica
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Miryam and I had visited Ica back in 1970, so it was to be an interesting re encounter. Our travel agent Yuri had included a city tour and visit to a local winery in our programme, so at nine we were ready to leave the oasis.

Like most cities in Peru, Ica has grown exponentially since we were there last. It has also suffered a couple of devastating earthquakes since then. Because of this, there is little in the way of historical buildings remaining in the town. The city is very chaotic and somewhat uninteresting.

We stop at the main square, but all I can remember is the obelisk in the centre. The cathedral was badly damaged during the 2007 earthquake.

We visit the Regional Museum to learn about the Nasca and Paracas cultures and hear more theories about the mysterious lines. The Paracas culture produced some of the finest textiles of the pre-Columbian civilizations of America.

Next we drive through the surprisingly green countryside to the Tacama Winery. It's a bumpy, narrow and dusty trail. Half way there we encounter a herd of cattle coming in the opposite direction. One of the herders shows off his skills with a whip. A battered bus also passes. Plastic bottles and bags are casually tossed out of the windows as it passes by. Peruvians seem to have little sense of garbage disposal hence the extensive heaps of litter we encounter everywhere.

The winery visit is fascinating. We are told that this is the oldest winery in South America, created in 1540 by a Spanish pioneer. Viniculture later spread to Chile and Argentina. The old buildings were severely damaged by the 2007 earthquake and are in process of being restored. Meanwhile a new facility has recently been built, which is not yet open to the public. At the close of the visit we are treated to a graceful exhibition by a typical "chalan" (Peruvian horseman) with his paso horse and lovely companion on the grassy field beside the bougainvillea covered terrace.

Our principal reason for coming to Peru was for a wedding and a christening, so I've added a few photos of Lima and these events to finalize this blog.
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derrick241 on

I had heard of the Peruvian cowboys, but we never saw any, anywhere

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