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A hotel in Ica is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Ica hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Ica are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Ica hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Ica hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Ica have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Ica
An upscale full service hotel facility in Ica that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Ica hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Ica hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Ica
Boutique hotels of Ica are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Ica boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Ica may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Ica travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Ica focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Ica hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Ica traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Ica hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Ica
A bed and breakfast in Ica is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Ica bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Ica B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Ica
Ica hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Ica hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Ica
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Ica hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Ica lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Ica
Ica timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Ica often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Ica on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Ica
A Ica motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Ica for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Ica motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Ica
Main Square Garden at night
Main Square Garden at night
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Coat of arms of Ica
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Ica is located in Peru
Ica
Ica
Location in Peru
Coordinates:  / -14.067; -75.733
Country Peru
Region Ica
Province Ica
Founded 1563
Government
• Type Democracy
• Mayor Mariano Nascimiento
Elevation 406 m (1,332 ft)
Population
• Estimate (2015) 244,390
Time zone PET (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST) PET (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 56
Website www.muniica.gob.pe

The city of Ica is the capital of the Ica Region in southern Peru. While the area was long inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples, the Spanish conquistador Gerónimo Luis de Cabrera claimed its founding in 1563. As of 2005, it had an estimated population of over 219,856. The city suffered extensive damage and loss of life during the 2007 Peru earthquake.

Ica, Peru: Location

The city is located on the Ica River about 300 km to the south of Lima, along the desert coast of southern Peru. Further south along the Pan-American Highway lies the city of Nazca.

Ica, Peru: History

Ica Cathedral with damage from earthquake of 2007

In 2007, researchers found the fossil remains of a prehistoric penguin, Icadyptes salasi, which inhabited the Atacama Desert about 30 million years ago. Scientists estimate it was about 4.5 or five feet tall, with a foot-long beak.

Evidence of prehistoric indigenous civilizations has been found in the nearby deserts, such as that of Paracas. These included the Paracas and the Inca, the last of whom were a people who encountered the Spanish. Numerous pre-Columbian archeological artifacts are displayed in the Museo Regional de Ica.

The Spanish colonial city was founded on 17 June 1563 by Gerónimo Luis de Cabrera as Villa de Valverde. It was ruled by Spain under colonial rulers until Peru achieved independence.

On 15 August 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Peru, severely damaging buildings, houses and infrastructure in Ica. Initially 17 people died and 70 were killed when a church collapsed. Pisco was even more severely damaged than Ica, with many people buried under buildings which had fallen; 80% of the city's buildings were destroyed.

Ica, Peru: Transportation

Ica can be reached from Lima by the Pan-American Highway. The distance is almost exactly 200 miles or 320 km. The trip takes about 4.5 hours by bus, 4 hours on motorcycle and 4.1 hours on a car.

Ica, Peru: Tourism

Huacachina, an oasis near Ica

Ica and surrounding areas are the traditional source of Pisco brandy. Ica is the site of the Museo Regional de Ica, a regional museum with exhibits ranging from prehistoric artifacts to the Spanish colonial era. On display are pre-Columbian funerary bundles and mummies, whose elongated skulls from the Paracas and pre-Inca cultures suggest ritual deformation, perhaps a mark of the elite. Some skulls also bear evidence of trepanning, a kind of early brain surgery to relieve internal pressure or remove damaged skull matter suffered in battle. There are also furniture, paintings and artifacts from the Spanish colonial era.

Ica's location in the desert provides unique opportunities for tourism, such as the nearby Huacachina oasis, located in the midst of sand dunes. It attracts international travelers, as well as resort seekers from Peru. Some young visitors try sandboarding; others travel the dunes in sand buggies.

Ica, Peru: Agriculture

The many days of sunshine have made Ica the center of an important agricultural region. Commodity crops are cotton, grapes, asparagus, avocado, mango, olives and other produce. It is known by Peruvians as the "Land of the Sun". Although there are the four seasons, the warm dry climate makes it feel like summer year-round. The climate of the city can help in easing asthma, which is aggravated by damp and humid climates and their associated allergens.

But given the desert climate, agriculture has been relying on an aquifer fed by glacial melt water, and is currently exceeding the inflow of water into the aquifer. The aquifer is quickly drying up, leading to calls for more efficient irrigation, or adding dams and water diversions.

Ica, Peru: Climate

Ica lies on the border of the Atacama desert and has one of the driest climates in the world Köppen BWh with only around 1 inch of rainfall for the whole year. Temperatures are hot during the summer months (December - March) and warm through the winter months (June - September).

Climate data for Ica
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
32
(90)
31
(88)
27
(81)
24
(75)
22
(72)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
25
(77)
27
(81)
30
(86)
26
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
18
(64)
15
(59)
14
(57)
14
(57)
14
(57)
14
(57)
15
(59)
16
(61)
18
(64)
17
(63)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2.5
(0.098)
2.5
(0.098)
0.4
(0.016)
0.2
(0.008)
0.0
(0)
2.7
(0.106)
5.8
(0.228)
0.1
(0.004)
9.6
(0.378)
1.1
(0.043)
0.0
(0)
0.6
(0.024)
25.5
(1.004)
Source: World weather online

Ica, Peru: See also

  • Ica stones
  • Irrigation in Peru

Ica, Peru: References

  1. Perú: Población estimada al 30 de junio y tasa de crecimiento de las ciudades capitales, por departamento, 2011 y 2015. Perú: Estimaciones y proyecciones de población total por sexo de las principales ciudades, 2012-2015 (Report). Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. March 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. Minard, Anne (25 June 2007). "Photo Gallery: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Found". National Geographic.
  3. James Gancer [1], [2]
  4. "Despite Economic Gains, Peru's Asparagus Boom Threatening Water Table". PRI's The World. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  5. "Ica, Peru Weather Averages". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  • Ica and the Huacachina Oasis, Trekker
  • "History of Peru, Ica", TampoPampa
  • Museo Regional de Ica Website

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