Pisco, Peru

Pisco is a city located in the Ica Region of Peru, the capital of the Pisco Province. The picturesque fishermen's wharf of San Andrés is located on its beaches, where there are numerous popular seafood restaurants.

The area is normally visited because of the concentration of marine animals and birds at the Paracas National Reservation, or the Peruvian Galapagos. At the reserve there are the Ballestas Islands, which are off limits to people, but boat tours can get close. The Chincha Islands are also near its coast. On the islands there are many birds, including pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and Inca terns. There are also sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and whales.

Things to See & Do

* Pisco city tour
* Plaza de Armas
* José de San Martín statue, mansion and Municipal Palace
* Tambo Colorado – Inca site close to Pisco
* Paracas National Reservation

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Nuevo Sol (S/)
Language – Spanish and Quechua
Population –117,000 approx
Electricity –2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – +51

Port Location – The Port of Pisco was disabled for marine traffic; being displaced by the modern port of San Martín, located in the peninsula of Paracas.

Travel Links – Pisco is located about 220km southwest of Lima. There are many regular buses that pass through Pisco on their way south to Arequipa (or north on their way from Arequipa). It is important to make sure that your bus driver knows to drop you off near Pisco, because most buses only stop near Pisco, and do not go in. From where the bus drops you, there will be many taxis and motorbikes that will take you to the town itself.

Pisco has an airport that does not have regular air traffic.