Solo Female Travel in Ica

Ica, a charming city nestled in the south-west region of Peru, is a highly sought-after destination, owing to its unique blend of cultural richness and natural allure. Located along the desert coast, Ica is famed as the source of Peru's leading wines and pisco, a grape brandy, with an eclectic assortment of vineyards for enthusiasts to explore. Ica is not just a wine lover's paradise; it is also a gateway for thrill-seekers, with the Huacachina Oasis, known as 'the oasis of America,' enabling adrenaline-pumping sandboarding and dune buggy rides. The city's pre-Inca past also comes alive in the Ica Regional Museum, brimming with ancient artefacts and mummies dating back thousands of years. With its juxtaposition of adventure, culture and history, Ica's attractions run as deep as its famed sand dunes.

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Is Ica good for solo travel?



Ica generally offers a decent level of safety for solo female travelers. Daytime offers relative security when visiting sights. It's recommended to take usual precautions like avoiding dimly lit and deserted areas at night, not flaunting expensive possessions, and staying vigilant about your surroundings especially in crowded places. It's also better to arrange reliable transportation in advance. There have been rare instances of petty crime but with a bit of common sense and some caution, it is quite manageable.


Ica is relatively easy to navigate for a solo female traveler. From the main square, most attractions are accessible either by walking or taking a short taxi ride. Taxis and motocabs are generally safe and affordable. However, keep in mind to negotiate fares in advance, as meters aren't commonly used. It's always crucial to be alert and aware of your surroundings, as with any city.
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Things to do:Interesting

Ica has a plethora of exciting activities to offer. It's home to the only desert oasis in South America, Huacachina, where you can enjoy thrilling experiences such as dune buggy rides and sandboarding. Also, the region is famous for its Pisco and wine production and guided vineyard tours are available. For those interested in history and culture, the Museo Regional de Ica and the city's stunning colonial architecture are a must-visit. A visit to Paracus National Reserve and Ballestas Islands to see incredible wildlife rounds off the offerings. While there's plenty for thrill-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike, some may find Ica a little lacking in more modern and metropolitan attractions.

Food:Above average

Ica offers a unique blend of traditional Peruvian and coastal cuisine. It's a gastronomic delight with an array of dishes that reflect the city's rich cultural heritage. Favorites include dishes made from local farm produce and seafood. One can also find an excellent variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Do not miss food markets that provide an authentic culinary experience. While there's a fair amount of diversity, the traditional cuisine dominates the scene.


Ica is generally budget-friendly, making it a great destination for solo female travelers. Accommodation, food, and local transportation are pretty affordable here. The cost of tours such as sandboarding and winery visits are also reasonable. However, prices can slightly increase during high tourist season. So, plan accordingly for a more cost-effective trip.

Is Ica worth visiting?


Rebecca (25)


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Ica is a super safe little town. There's not much to do, but the sand dunes are amazingly beautiful! They are even more beautiful at night if you can find a way to sneak onto them without anyone knowing 🤫

Posted: May 24, 2024Experienced: May, 2019
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Hi! I'm an American living with my Peruvian husband in Ica. We have hosted a few tourists in the past. We enjoy giving tours to the people that visit us and hanging out with our groups of friends to sip some pisco 😊

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