Close this search box.

25 Minutes to the Mission from Ica

How do I get to “La Misión” from Ica? (or from Lima?)

[If you are asking more of a question of where is Ica? Why are you there? Who are you? Please visit this link first..]

As of May 2017, we are celebrating now that the last kilometer to get to our mission is officially paved, no more gravel roads or portions of roads to get to us!!!  Horray!!!   Here is a simple Google map that will take you from the center of Ica (Plaza de Armas) north to the village of El Carmen, District of San Juan Bautista, where la Misión is (directly across the street from the village plaza).  It is about a 20 to 26 minute drive (11.6 kilometers, about 7.2 miles)

OPTION 1 – from ICA by Taxi – Of course, like most people that come down from Lima by bus, you would be using this first set of directions after you get to the bus terminal in Ica, and in discussion with a local taxi for your short ride north.  Taxi’s run about 15 to 25 soles ($4.50-$7 USD) depending on time of day and if it’s a holiday, etc.   (That is if we have not already made arrangements to meet you, or to send pickup to the bus terminal for you.) 

OPTION 1b – from ICA by Collectivo (shuttle) – If you are on ‘a budget’ and are wanting to ‘wing it’ from here, and really save on taxi fare, it’s quite easy.  Of course this depends on how many are in your party and how much baggage you have, but this is great for single travelers, backpackers who also want to get to know Ica a bit as well.   Ica has a good number of shuttles, collectivo’s they are called, which run very inexpensively point to point, and go in all directions from the city center.  You just need to get to the right ‘point’ in Ica that has the specific collectivos going to where we are.  It’s about a 10 minute walk to the collectivo pickup from the bus terminal area.  You need to either walk or get a short ride to the Plaza de Armas, the central plaza in Ica (green box on map). that’s only a few blocks from the bus station.  The Plaza, being a square, has roads going off in 8 directions, 2 north, 2 south, etc.  You want the right-most northbound road called “Calle Callao” (Ka-yow”). 

You should walk north from the Plaza on this road and in about 2 blocks, you will find a couple of collectivo stations on the west side of the road (left side if walking north from plaza, right side if taking the dotted line walk from the map on right).  Listen for the caller phrase “Carmen Olivos, Carmen Olivos” and that’s the guy you want since you are going to El Carmen, which is one stop before El Olivos.  Cost is per person S./4 which, is about $1.15 USD.  It might be S./5.00 if the hour is late or a holiday.  (Since the ‘moto-taxis’ (little 3 wheel vehicles) are not allowed to go to the plaza itself, they might still take you to the collectivo stop if using the alternative route on the map.)
[revised 2024)

25 Minutes to the Mission from Ica

Option 2 from North by Car– Of course if you are coming from the north (Lima, Pisco, Paracus) in your own transportation, you may want to find your way to the Mission without having to go to the city center in Ica first.  The second map should help you if that refers to you.   In case you are going to make the drive by rental car from Lima (or points north), this map guides you to the mission from Guadalupe on the Pan American Highway which runs by the Mission area to the west.

In either case, we want you to find us, so hope that these maps help to that end.  God bless you and safe travels!!  We’ll keep a light on !  (oh that’s someone else’s commercial, sorry) 

Verified by MonsterInsights