Paracas is a small port town on the southern Pacific coast of Peru, used as a launching point for tours to Islas Ballestas and Paracas National Reservation. Because the Paracas Bay is a protected enclosure, the shallow warmer water permits marine life to flourish. It is also a good place for bird watching.
Ica is a hot, bustling city on the Peruvian coast. It is well known for its vineyards and wineries which produce both wine and Pisco, the national beverage. The city is home to the famous Huacachina Lagoon, which is surrounded by huge sand dunes and where many people try their hand at sandboarding.
Some hotels will let you use their facilities (gym, spa, pool, beach, etc.) for a reduced day pass. This can be great for layovers!