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Tour Huacachina: Peru’s Desert Paradise

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Mar 6, 2018


By Gabe Scalise

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Last updated on March 24th, 2021 at 10:30 am

Tour Huacachina: Peru’s Desert Paradise

Huacachina, Peru is a place you probably have never heard of. That’s okay. For many travelers and even frequent visitors to South America, Huacachina is often simply overlooked. Lucky for you, we have everything you need to know to Tour Huacachina: Peru’s Desert Paradise!

What is Huacachina?

Huacachina is a sleepy desert oasis surrounding a small nature lagoon lake located just outside of Ica, Peru. The town hosts a permanent population of only 100 people, making Huacachina the PERFECT place for any adventure traveler or photographer because of it’s absolutely breathtaking sand dunes and viewpoints, along with it’s easy access to sandboarding and dune buggy riding in the desert of Peru.

Here is a Huachachina Peru Map:

Huacachina Peru Map

How to get to Huacachina from Lima?

To get to Huacachina from Lima, you will need to embark on a 5-hour journey. All Huacachina Tours INCLUDE a private transfer from Lima to Huacachina with a private car, your very own English-speaking tour guide, and all the bathroom breaks and ceviche stops you could want!

This is by far the easiest and fastest way to get to Huacachina from Lima. If you are not traveling with, you could hop on a bus in Lima to Huacachina with a company like Cruz del Sur, and 5 or 6 hours later, you will be there! So, while Huacachina is NOT a day trip from Lima, it is an easy journey from Lima to Huacachina. Many of our guests opt for a Lima half-day tour before hopping in the car for the 5-hour commute to Huacachina.

Things to do in Huacachina

1. Huacachina Sandboarding

Sandboarding in Huacachina is hands-down the coolest thing you can do! Huacachina has AMAZING sand dunes surrounding the entire village, all within a close 10-20 minute drive. If you are a guest traveling with, make sure to tell your personal Travel Consultant that you want to get out on the dunes to test your skills on a sandboard. Don’t miss sandboarding in Huacachina!

2. Huacachina Dune Buggy Riding

Next up on the list of the coolest things to do while on a tour of Huacachina is dune buggy riding. This is a MUST-DO!

3. Relax by the pool and take some sun

Lastly, when you are not dune buggy or sandboarding in Huacachina, make sure to spend some time relaxing by your hotel pool taking in the desert sun. All Peru hotels near Huacachina that we put our guests up at feature pools because we believe that it is a must to jump into the pool after a hot day spend adventure touring Huacachina.

Huacachina Tours

1. Tour Tacama Peru

This is by far the easiest thing you can also do in Ica, Peru while touring Huacachina. Tacama, Peru, which is neighboring Ica, Peru (where Huacachina is) is an amazing and cute winery town. In fact, Tacama is actually the oldest winery in all of South America. This makes for a quick and easy stop and let’s be real, who doesn’t love stopping for a quick wine tasting once and a while?

2. Take a half-day city tour of Lima

Before you make the 5-hour journey to Huacachina from Lima, a city tour of Lima is in order! We nearly always recommend to our travelers to take a half-day city tour of Lima on or before the day of their trip to Huacachina. A half-day tour of Lima will give you a great perspective on Peruvian culture, Peruvian food (you have to try the ceviche!), as well as will allow you to relax after a long international trip from your home country. Make sure to ask your Expert Peru Travel Planner from to schedule you a half-day tour of Lima!

3. Tour Nazca Lines

Touring Nazca Lines, Peru’s amazing geoglyphs, is a quick flight from Huacachina. Hop on a plane in Ica and you are there in no time. Nazca Lines are a VERY popular option that our guests love combining with their tour of Huacachina.

4. Tour Rainbow Mountain

Tour Rainbow Mountain when visiting Huacachina. Wondering what Rainbow Mountain is? Lucky for you, we wrote an article all about it!

5. Tour Lost Canyon Peru

The Lost Canyon of Peru looks and feels like you are on another planet. Ask your Expert Travel Consultant if a stop-over at the Lost Canyon in Peru is possible on your trip to Huacachina!

6. Tour Ballestas Islands

Tour Huacachina in style by combining it with a visit to Ballestas Islands. Ballestas Islands are Peru’s version of the Galapagos and many of our travelers find them cheaper and more authentic than the very popular Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Again, ask your Expert Travel Consultant if a stop-over is possible on your trip to Huacachina

Love staying up-to-date with all the latest South American News? Visit our blog! Want to plan your own dream Huacachina tour? Send us an email or give us a call today and plan your trip to Tour Huacachina!

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