Pisco, Peru

Pisco on the map of Peru

Pisco is a small port town in southern Peru ( about 235 km south of Lima ) and has 133 926 inhabitants ( 2013). It belongs to the department of Ica and is capital of the province of Pisco. The most important transport connection to Lima is the Panamericana, which runs about three kilometers northeast of the small town of Villa Tupac Amaru Inca ( also called La Villa only ). Pisco is connected to it by an access road. The access road has now been vierspuring expanded and resurfaced. The largely desert-like landscape is watered by the Pisco River.

History and Sights

Pisco was home to the Paracas culture, a pre-Columbian culture (1300 BC to 200 AD). The Paracas Museum exhibits finds from this culture. Outside the city, the Paracas Bay, the Paracas Peninsula, located 15 km to the south. For tourists, the city is also interesting because of the nearby Islas Ballestas, with its rich wildlife ( seabirds and sea lions ). Islands and peninsula form the National Reserve of Paracas. Here is also located on a barrier island in the Paracas Candelabra de ( The Candelabra of Paracas ), one of the rock engraved image ( Geoglyph ), similar to the Nazca lines, but much smaller and younger. He probably served as a guide mariners mark for navigation.

When an earthquake measuring 8.0M 15 August 2007 85 % Piscos were destroyed. Alone in the largest church in the city, San Clemente, at least 90 people died. From the church there were only two stone pillars and dome are.

The place and the drink Pisco

Pisco is also the namesake of the brandy of the same name. However, Pisco is not the place of manufacture of this distillate. The port of Pisco was the last port of call of all Piscogüter have been grown along the Pacific coast, only to be shipped to Europe. The Spaniards gave the product the name " Pisco ", as the ships there in barrels marked " de Pisco " unloaded the distillate ( dt from Pisco ).



Pisco has an airport ( ICAO: SPSO, IATA: PIO), which is used by the Peruvian Army. It has a start and runway of about 3000 m in length and also serves as an alternate airport for Lima.


Coast of the Paracas Peninsula

The Paracas Candelabra de

Seals on the Ballestas Islands

Air table