Peru’s Pisco Port has been named as San Clemente de Macera in 1640 by Spanish explorers. However, the popularity of its Pisco brandy became the unofficial name of the area. Pisco is an important spot for cruise travels as it is now considered as the largest port between the Callo and Matarani areas. The place brims with Inca culture and ruins which attract tourists from all over.
The 2007 Intensity VII earthquake greatly affected Picso. The rehabilitation of many shopping centers and other similar spots is still ongoing. However, this does not mean that tourists should forget about shopping in Pisco.
Being the home of Pisco brandy, tourists will enjoy a lot of spots offering this liquor; it is made from white muscat grapes. Pisco’s Plaza de Armas is a good place to find native items to bring back home. The Plaza offers a wide variety of dried local fruits and small pecan sweets.
Things to Do
The Plaza de Armas is an enjoyable activity for shopping and site seeing. The Plaza features the statue of the Jose de San Martin; it is near the Municipal Palace. Aside from these scenic spots, tourists in Pisco also never fail to visit the Baroque Iglesia de la Compañia which was built in the year 1869. The church features a breathtaking gold-leaf altarpiece and exquisite carved pulpit.
Those who are after historical pursuits should take town road to Ayacucho. The place has been famous for its well-preserved Inca Site. A lot of historians, students and tourists flock the area to take a glimpse of the Inca civilization that has once flourished in Peru.
Meanwhile, those who want to see the beauty of the Pisco islands should take a hop at the Hotel Paracas Beach Resort. The hotel offers a tour of the famous Ballestes Islands of Pisco. The tour would enable individuals to take advantage of the beauty of the Paracas National Park. If lucky enough, the tourists could also spot iconic sea lions and wide species of birds. Aside from these, the tour would also give tourists the chance to visit the cathedral, a natural rock formation near a shore side cliff that really looks like a cathedral.
Restaurant and Bar
With all the sites to see and enjoy, tourists would surely go hungry. Pisco offers a lot of dining destinations that one would surely enjoy.
The As de Oro is a modern restaurant famous for its local Peruvian cuisine. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, the As de Oro doubles as a discotheque from 9:00 pm onwards during the weekend.
El Dorado is a bistro that has a back patio that offers outdoor dining. The place also features Peruvian food. Although no alcohol is served here, guests can always bring beer to enjoy along with the El Dorado meals.
Pizzaria Villanova offers ten sumptuous types of pizzas and traditional Italian favorites such as lasagna, Fetticini a lo Alfredo, ravioli and canelones.