Ica - sweet and sour ... ooops!
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We woke up early, wanting to do as much as possible in Ica. We knew we wanted to go to the Huacachina (the oasis) and also to The Ballestas Islands (but this is in another town - Paracas). We just had to think about it carefully, because our budget was a bit tight and we left our cards in Lima, just in case.
Anyway, we were just walking around the Main Square, when whe saw a Travel Agency and found they offer a City Tour which includes the Oasis. So, this was our Tour ;)
The Tour left at 10:30 am. We were 4 people: Ricardo, Olga, Sky (the only non Peruvian) & me.
Well, we drove first to an Industrial Vineyard, but they were full and asked us to come back at noon. Mmm, change of plans. First Stop: Luren's Sanctuary. The Church was bad damaged during the last Earthquake. Until today they are working in it and the Image of Jesus is in another church nearby. The major wanted to move the image from the Sanctuary to Ica's Cathedral, but the people said no and didn't let it happen. Armando told us the story about the "brunette" Jesus and how the image arrived to Ica, originally it was supposed to stay in Lima. It happened long time ago, during the Colony. There was a storm in their way to Lima, so the sailors throw the image to the sea.
Then we went to Cachiche, best known as Witches' Land. People there believe a lot in witches and witchcrafts. Until today you can find people who read hands and want to tell the fortune. They believe, there was a witch living there. The children wait for the tourists and want to tell the whole story in order to get some tips. We weren't the exception and a little boy told us the story about Cachiche and the magic tree. He was so sweet...
Now, it was time to go to Huacachina - the Oasis! You can also drive the Buggies and practice Sandboard there! We didn't do it, because we didn't have money at that time. The Oasis is so nice! Just finding a lake in the middle of the desert. In order to get a better view, we climbed a dune.
It was around 2pm and we went to the Vineyards. But instead of going to the Industrial one we tried to visit at the beginning, we went to a Traditional one. It was an old fashioned one. Very traditional. They produce not only wine, but also Pisco and Cachina. Both of them made of grapes. We tried the different type of wines, piscos and the cachina. The atmosphere of this vineyard was great, with a lot of antiques. Armando was teaching us the way to try the pisco, so you won't get drunk and could taste it. Also he decided to take us a test regarding what we have visited in Ica. We had a blast there. Just take a look at the pictures.
Anyway, we were hungry. We went to a restarant in the countryside in order to try the traditional food.
Well, the sweet part of the story is over... when we were back at the hostel I noticed I have been robbed!!!! Someone took my wallet and my cell phone from my purse. I didn't care that much about the money, but my ID was in my wallet!!! Sky didn't have any money either. That day in the morning he decided to give me his money in order to keep it with mine. I was supposed to be the safe! His credit card and passport were safe in Lima, ufffff. I was glad, I didn't have my camera inside the purse. The photos are priceless.
So, we were lost in a small city in the middle of the desert withouth money, cell phone and ID. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Ok, I just had to take a deep breath and think about what to do. It was getting late. I tried to remember any phone number, but it didn't work. I sent a SMS to the only number I remembered and hoped I would get an answer that night later or maybe the next day in the morning. What can we do now? Well, actually there was no much to do. Just sleep and wait for a better day...