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Huacachina

Huacachina (Peru)

Practical information about Huacachina

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Desert
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Four and a half hours from Lima by bus
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Huacachina

Travel writer
129 travel articles

A visit to the oasis of Huacachina gives you the opportunity to discover a little-known side of Peru. Did you know that there is an oasis in the middle of a desert located south of the capital?

My suggestion:
I strongly recommend going for a trip in a beach buggy, which will also give you the chance to do a spot of sand surfing! It's the perfect kind of activity for thrill seekers. 
Summary:

Until I actually went to Peru, I had no idea the country contained a desert! I was astonished when I first saw the dunes around the oasis of Huacachina.

The oasis is located on the country's Pacific coast and forms part of the province of Ica. The village itself is quite tiny, and life there revolves almost entirely around tourist activities. 

During my stay I took the opportunity to visit the region's vineyards, the bodegas. The province of Ica is famous as a pisco and wine producing region. Pisco is an alcoholic spirit that the Peruvians are particularly proud to call their own. Never say to a Peruvian that pisco comes from Chile: you'll get a strong reaction! Delicious when used in cocktails, pisco is the basic ingredient in the famous Pisco Sour.  

Huacachina, with its dunes of red sand and its oasis of emerald water, offers a quite unique spectacle. In my opinion, this is one of the essential places to see in Peru. 

The Ica Desert near Huacachina
The Huacachina Oasis
Travel writer
181 travel articles

An oasis that seems almost lost in the middle of one of the most arid deserts in the world that in reality is just 5 km from Ica.

My suggestion:
If you are looking for really authentic spots during your trip to Peru, then a few hours will be enough here. It's likely you'll quickly get tired of the "gringo" atmosphere.
Summary:

Huacachina lake is very unusual and it's true that it's in a beautiful setting. Imagine: a mini lake (a bit muddy perhaps) right in the middle of the desert and surrounded by innumerable sand dunes - well there you have it.

It's also a really popular destination, something that you will realise as soon as you set foot in the little village next to the lake. Here there is everything a tourist could want and nothing else. As a result, although lots of visitors love spending a few days here, for my part I wasn't really keen on this aspect of the place.

On the programme round here, dune buggy rides, sandboarding and lying around doing nothing. I really recommend you go for a walk in the dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. The panorama is staggering and the sun set amazing.

Dunes around the oasis
View of the lake