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A Complete Guide to Huacachina, Peru

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Huacachina Desert Oasis

Huacachina, Peru is no doubt one of the most unique places I’ve ever been. The desert oasis surrounded by towering sand dunes where you can ride dune buggies and experience the thrill of sandboarding is hella touristy and hella fun. The oasis has the perfect balance of relaxed and party vibes, and you will see some of the most amazing sunsets of your life here. 

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How to Get To Huacachina

Take a bus to Ica, and from there, the 15-minute taxi ride to Huacachina will cost 10-12 soles (S/). From Lima, the bus ride to Ica is about 4.5 hours.

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Arrival Tip

I made the mistake of taking the 6 AM bus from Lima. There is no need to do this because it takes about 5 hours to get to Huacachina, and the day tours will have already left. The sandboarding tours leave around 4:00 PM to align with the sunset and you can book them through your accommodation before arriving. So do yourself a favor, and sleep in before heading to Huacachina. 

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What to Do

Sandboarding – Few things are more fun than flying down sand dunes at high speeds. You go on a thrilling dune buggy ride to reach the sandboarding spot and stay for the sunset. The tours cost S/50. 

ATV Tour – A 1 hour-ride on the dunes will set you back S/90. Keep in mind, you will drive the ATVs on a closed course, not freely across the dunes.

Cañón de Los Perdidos – A day tour with a 1-hour walk through the canyon and great photo opportunities. On the way back to Huacachina, you’ll stop for pisco and wine tasting. The cost is S/100.

Wine & Pisco tasting – Visit 2 vineyards, including Peru’s oldest, for wine and pisco tasting. The cost is S/40.  

Watch the sunset from the highest dune – When you get to Huacachina, you’ll know which one I’m talking about. It’s a difficult 20-minute walk up but worth the pain. 

Huacachina, Peru Sunset
A Huacachina Sunset

Where to Stay

Banana’s Adventure Hostel – Huacachina’s best hostel is on the pricier side, but it’s well worth the few extra soles. The on-site restaurant serves delicious ceviche and their famous pancake breakfast. You can relax at the pool with a few drinks during the day and get a good night of sleep as the party heads over to the Wild Rover. Plus, the staff will help you organize tours with experienced guides at fair prices. It’s best to book well in advance because the dorms fill up quickly.

Peruvian Ceviche
Ceviche from Banana’s

The Upcycled Hostel – If you’re looking for a cheaper option, it will be a 15-minute walk from the oasis. Upcycled also has an on-site bar & restaurant and will help organize tours. 

How Long to Stay

One night is all you need in Huacachina before heading elsewhere in Peru. Arrive in the afternoon and go sandboarding on the first day. Pick an activity for the second day and depart on the night bus to your next destination. Although, I’d say the activities besides sandboarding are nothing spectacular.

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Where to Next

Lima (4.5 hours by bus) – The best food city in South America is home to 3rd-century ruins and a chaotic Chinatown.

Arequipa (13 hours) – The “White City” has beautiful architecture and delicious regional food.

Cusco (18 hours) – One of the continent’s gems is a hiker’s paradise full of incredible Inca ruins.

That wraps up the complete guide to Huacachina, Peru! It’s such a fun place to spend a day and a stop here can help break up a long bus ride along the coast.

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