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About Pisco

History of Pisco

The territory of Pisco was the place where the main pre-Hispanic cultures were settled, from 1000 B.C., and so it’s one of the richest and most abundant provinces in archaeological remains. The cultures that stand out are Paracas and Nazca, both maximum examples of the pre-Hispanic textile and ceramic arts, respectively. During the colonial period was founded the city of Pisco as “Villa de San Clemente de Mancera”, altough its settlers used to call the city “Villa de Pisco”. The meaning of Pisco is “bird” in quechua. This flourishing port villa suffered the attacks of the most well-known pirates of that period, besides natural catastrophes that forced the city to move to the current place, at the south of the Pisco river mouth. This is how in 1689 the city would be again founded, but this time, under the name of “Villa de Nuestra Senora de la Concordia de Pisco”.

In the last years of the colonial period, near the Independence of Peru, Jose de San Martin arrived to Pisco. He disembarked in the Paracas bay, place where the first flag of Peru was created. For that reason among others in 1832 Pisco was declared “Villa and Port of the Independence”. However, it was in 1898 that the villa obtained the title of city, transforming into the capital of the province. Nowadays the city preserves its fame and prestige as port and agricultural city, besides its rooted winemaking tradition that go beyond borders.

Helpful information

-The city of Pisco is located at 143 mi (230 km) to the south of Lima.
-Pisco is divided in Pisco Pueblo and Pisco Playa (the area of the port and the breakwater.
-The main economic activities of Pisco are related to the textile and fishing industry.
-The weather in Pisco is chararacterized for being desert and warm, with temperatures that reach 80.6 °F (27 °C) in summer, and descend to 53.6 °F (12 °C) in winter.
-In some towns there are winds known as Paracas, famous for bringing sand remains and reaching the speed of 44 mph (70 km/h). Sunglasses will be helpful when those winds arrive, to protect your eyes.
-It’s indispensable to have a sunscreen with high protection, since the sun in this region is burning.
-There are not many rains in Pisco, so don’t you worry about it when packing for your trip.

How to get around in Pisco?

To get around in Pisco and surroundings won’t be complicated, although the unreliability of the means of transportation distrurbs you. The distances are short and there is not much to explore in the urban area, since the main tourist attractions are located out of the city. You can take a mototaxi paying s/ 1- s/ 5 or take a shared taxi for s/ 2- s/ 4.

Risks and cautions

The city of Pisco hasn’t recovered from the earthquake that hit the city and its inhabitants in 2007. The social problems that proceed from this disaster can be perceived in some areas of the city (crime, poverty, among others). That’s why you should keep in mind the advices of the locals and always ask the places that you should not go. There are nice people in Pisco, they will know how to warn you from the common risks. Think about hiring the services of any tour in the agencies of the downtown, since your experience will be safer and more pleasant this way.

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Tourist attractions in Pisco

Getting to Pisco

Plaza de Armas de Pisco (main square)
Location: the downtown of the city
Hours: all day, but it’s better not to walk around late at night
Price: Free entrance
In the center of the square the monument to Don Jose de San Martin stands out, made in bronze by the Pisco artist Jose Luis Pena y Pena. The square is one of the largest and beautiful of the coast cities.

Palacio Municipal de Pisco (Municipal Palace)
Location: Palaza de Armas, downtown
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: it doesn’t say
It was considered as one of the architectural jewels of the south coast, due to its Venecian style, although due to the earthquake of 2007 it was very damaged, until it was forgotten. Its front shows a glorious past that soon or late would come back with the same brightness of those days.

Around Pisco

Museo Julio C. Tello
Location: at 13.6 mi (22 km) to the south of the city
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Price: It doesn’t say
If you are in the Reserva Nacional de Paracas, don’t miss the chance of getting to know this museum dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the archaeological remains of the Paracas culture.

Tambo Colorado
Location: at 27.3 mi (44 km) to the east of the city, in the Humay district
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price: s/ 2 (students) - s/ 7.5 (general)
Those ruins were a crossing point for the incas in the period when they expanded their power through the region of the south coast. Its name “Tambo” comes from Tampu (a resting place) and “colorado” due to the copper red color that predominate in the construction.

Reserva Nacional de Paracas
Location: at 12.4 mi (20 km) to the south-west of the city, in the Paracas district
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: s/ 10
With nearly 335000 hectares, this reserve preserves an important part of the biodiversity of the South coast, besides the 114 archaeological remains of the nazca and paracas cultures placed in the territory.

Islas Ballestas
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: s/ 15
Those islands are an ensemble of marine fauna, with the presence of guano birds, seals and friendly penguins. To get to those islands you can take a tour with comfortable motorboats, from where you will appreciate the marine life of the protected species.

 

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What to do in Pisco?

Routes across the Pisco beach
Location: Pisco port
To make a route through the beaches area can be a very pleasant experience before and during the twilight. The view over the large landscape and the old dock of the beach will be the best of the visit. It’s just ideal if you look for a break from the daily hustle and bustle.

 

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Gastronomy of Pisco

Typical dishes and drinks

Sudado de choros
It’s a delight made of mussels, ground chilly pepper, salt, pepper, cumin, oil and onion, all of it slow cooked for 15 minutes, served with bread and manioc.

Raya apanada
It’s a dish of exotic flavor made of one of the most common fishes of the Pisco sea. The ray is prepared very fresh, with salt, pepper, crackers, oil, garlic and milk, marinating the ray with the other ingredients to bread it with ground crackers and fry it.

Ceviche mixto pisqueno
In Pisco there are different versions of this classical dish of the Peruvian gastronomy, but the main ingredients are always the fresh fish (or shellfish), yellow chilly pepper, lemons, pepper, salt and pepper, fish soup, fried or boiled manioc, sliced onions in fine strips. You can serve it with lettuce, potatoes or sweet potatoes.

Restaurants in Pisco

El Conquistador
Location: Av. Fermin Tanguis 291
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: from s/ 13 to s/ 47
At this restaurant you will find good food and a great variety, from local, national and international typical dishes. The atmosphere is very nice and the service is excellent, doubtless it’s among the best restaurants of Pisco.

As de Oros
Location: San Martin 472
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: it doesn’t say
At this restaurant you will have unique exclusivity as no other restaurant in Pisco, with exquisite plates made with the best ingredients, all of it with the best quality and abundantly served. The only thing you must keep in mind is that delivery of the dishes takes time, due to the exhaustive preparation of the dishes. We recommend the “ceviche mixto, pulpo al olivo and chicharron de calamar”.

Puro Pisco Restaurant Gourmet
Location: Av. Genaro Medrano 460
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: it doesn’t say
A gourmet experience with a great view over the Pisco sea. If you look for a good food and have a low budget, don’t you doubt to visit this restaurant. The ceviche and other dishes will be a delight to your palate at luch time.

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Accomodations in Pisco

Back-packer

Sol de Pisco
Location: Av. San Martin 403, 056 Pisco
Rate: s/ 49 - s/ 115
It’s a modest hostal, but welcoming and with pleasant staff that will help you in anything you need. Inside the establishment you can have a drink in its bar, use the wifi or rest in the rooms with private bathroom and TV. Sol de Pisco has a good location, since from it you can access easily to the main tourist attractions that Pisco offers you.

Mid-range

Hostal Miramar
Location: Genaro Medrano 120
Rate: s/ 115 - s/ 148
A beautiful view over the Pisco sea is what you can obtain, besides a nice stay in this hostel, where they will help you to make easier and more pleasant your travel. From this place you can get easily to the port, from where take a tour to the Ballestas Islands. The services include wifi, cable TV, private bathrooms and a PC at the reception, in case you need it.

Luxury

Hotel San Jorge Residencial
Location: Calle Barrio Nuevo 133
Rate: s/ 246 - s/ 368
Even for the most demanding guests, the attention of the San Jorge hotel will be warm attentive. The hotel has a pool and a restaurant for you to enjoy to the limit the installations, and besides there is a peaceful garden and a terrace of spectacular view. Each room has cable TV, private bathroom, fans and wifi. Located close to every interesting place!

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Important dates

Semana Turistica de Pisco
September the 1st to the 9th
During this week all the tourist attractions are encouraged around the province with tours to the main tourist attractions and the famous routes of pisco, where you will learn about the vineyard where this drink is prepared; besides, there are traditional gastronomic fairs, where the visitor can taste the best of the local food and artisan fairs, where the best artisans of the province come to sell their products.

Procesion del Senor de la Agonia
October the 28th
In October the 18th the activities start around this saint image, with masses, prayers, fairs and fireworks. The central day of this important date is celebrated the multitudinary procession through the main streets of the city and the downtown of Pisco.

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Nightlife in Pisco

Taberna de Don Jaime
Location: Av. San Martín 203
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: it doesn’t say

Mística
Location: it doesn’t say
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: it doesn’t say

Rockola The House
Location: it doesn’t say
Hours: it doesn’t say
Price: it doesn’t say

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How to get to Pisco by bus

Travelling from Lima or from any of the coastal cities, you will find a variety of chances to get to know the city of Pisco or the cities close to the department of Ica. The main terrestrial transportation company that covers this route is Peru Bus, which has the largest experience in travels through the southern coast. The schedules of departure are varied, from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. everyday. The rate of the bus ticket is at around 30 soles, and can vary depending on the chosen service.

 

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