The Port of Pisco was disabled for marine traffic; being displaced by the modern port of San Martín, located in the peninsula of Paracas, about a 40-minute drive from Pisco and 20 minutes from the Paracas Hotel. There are no passenger facilities at the pier. Some taxis may be allowed inside the port.
There is nothing of interest around the dock. Use cruise shuttles or tours.
It is basically a service call for those coming or going to Machu Picchu.
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Pisco is a medium sized town on the coast south of Lima in Peru. This fisher town itself has little to offer to tourists and is best used only as a starting point for a trip to the Ballestas Islands and possibly the nearby salt desert and national reserve, Paracas.
Tuk tuks are recommended for safe, cheap travel through the sketchier parts of town.
A trip to the Pisco (brandy) factory is enjoyable with lunch and of course Pisco drinks. You will find the area safe but advisable to go with the ship tours.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Paracas National Reserve The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica, Peru and consists of the Paracas Peninsula, coastal areas and tropical desert extending to the south slightly past Punta Caimán, a total of 335,000 ha (217,594 ha are marine waters and 117,406 are part of the mainland).
Pisco is also the gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
From Pisco, explore the Paracas Peninsula, sail to beautiful Islas Ballestas, fly over the famed Nazca Lines, or travel by land to Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Another attraction in the area is El Candelabro, a giant lamp dug in the rough sand in the method use by the creators of the Nazca Lines.
The currency of Peru is the nuevo sol. ATMs are available in big cities, up-market hotels and touristic areas.
In tourist centers like Cusco and Machu Picchu or in high class hotels, English is spoken. If you intend to visit other sites, especially in the countryside, you'll need Spanish.
Emergency numbers in Peru are 011 / 5114. In Lima ring 105.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers, called in Peru cabinas públicas, grow like mushrooms in Peru.
But most of companies are open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Shopping centers and stores are open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm; however some companies now stay open 24 hours a day.
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