Huacachina is a desert oasis and tiny village in southwestern Peru. The oasis is framed by palm trees and soaring dunes providing a gorgeous background. Whether you’re walking, sand boarding, or taking a dune buggy ride, this place will definitely give you those Instagram worthy photos you’ve been drooling for. I recently spent 24 hours in this beautiful place and here are my top 6 things to do in Huacachina, Peru.
The beautiful lagoon in the middle of the desert is natural, however, legend has it the town was named after a beautiful princess. The princess, Huacca China, lost her lover and in her sadness she cried tears forming the lagoon and then in desperation turned into a mermaid who still lives in the lagoon. A statue dedicated to this sad mermaid sits overlooking the lagoon.
How to get to Huacachina
South of Lima, a 4 hour drive, there are a number of bus tours that depart from Lima to Huacachina. Most bus lines have very comfortable with movies and all.
Top 6 Things to Do in Huacachina, Peru
Number 1 on the list of top 6 things to do in Huacachina, Peru is to buggy ride across the sand dunes. It is so much fun flying over the sand in a 4×4 and this was the main reason I stopped in this mirage of a town. The sand buggy drivers are young but reliable, safe and super fun!
I’m an adventure seeker, so when I found out about sandboarding on sand dunes I was all in. (make sure you have shoes – not slippers, and sunglasses). You can negotiate for the price, but in general, it’s not expensive at all. This experience was a blast. It was also a little terrifying. I would recommend doing this late afternoon so you can stay after and see the sunset over the dunes.
Watch the Sunset
Huacachina boasts incredible sunsets, whether you’re watching it from a short hike or after your buggy tour, it’s a piece of heaven, so pretty and relaxing!
Dine at a restaurant around the lagoon
If you haven’t tried Peruvian yet Huacachina is the perfect location. Stop in at one of the restaurants that surround the lagoon for ceviche (raw fish cook in lemon acid with corn and coriander). Or if you’re not adventurous when it comes to your food you can grab a burger and fries from any hostel.
Grab a drink and party at the Wild Rover Hostel
The Wild Rover is a party pad. The party here is wild ( hence the name ) as everyone battles it out with the many different nightly games, themes and people clinging to the hopes of drunkenly making it to be the bar king.
Tour the vineyards
Pisco is Peru’s national alcoholic drink and you can tour the place where this Peruvian drink is made. Most pisco tours also include the Inca wine and last between 2 -4 hours. The highlight of the tour is the tasting opportunities at the end.
There are absolutely no ATMs in Huacachina. I suggest getting cash in Lima prior to your trip.
Sun, sand, adrenaline, oasis and great views, everything in one place. Peru offers a variety of landscapes and Huacachina gave me the opportunity to visit and sleep in a desert oasis for the first time.
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