Huacachina

Huacachina Oasis Peru: Our detailed 2018 guide from how to get there, where to stay, how to sandboard on the sand dunes and more!

Huacachina Brief Summary:

  • Located 4 hours south of Lima, close to the city of Ica.
  • South America’s ONLY desert Oasis.
  • Largest sand dunes in South America.
  • Home of the best Dune Buggy and Sandboarding Tours in South America.

Below we have created our extensive guide to Huacachina based on our expert local knowledge having helped to transport over 30,000 tourists here since our formation in 2013.

Quick Tip: If travelling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as free Wi-Fi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travellers.

Huacachina Guide Contents:


1. How to get to Huacachina – Compare transportation options.
2. Must do in Huacachina
– A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
3. Must see in Huacachina
– The sights you cannot miss.
4. Huacachina safety tips
– Safety issues to be aware of.
5. Where to stay in Huacachina
– The best hotel/hostel options.
6. Photo Gallery – A few of the best photos of Huacachina.

How to get to Huacachina

How to get to Huacachina:

  • Public bus to Ica and then a taxi to Huacachina
  • Peru Hop bus directly to Huacachina

Peru Hop is the only direct bus to Huacachina. Our buses go from Cusco to Huacachina and Lima to Huacachina.

If taking a public bus, you would need to take a bus from Lima to Ica or Cusco to Ica. Once in Ica, you would need to find a local taxi to then take you to the oasis of Huacachina. To leave Huacachina, you would need to do the same. The Lonely Planet currently states that this is the only way to get to Huacachina, but actually Peru Hop buses have the necessary license to enter directly to the oasis, so you can avoid the hassle of taking any taxis to and from Ica. We have buses in all directions, from Huacachina to Paracas and Lima or from Huacachina to Nazca, Arequipa or even Cusco.

Must do in Huacachina

Must do in Huacachina:

This tiny village is home to less than 1,000 local people, but every day fresh influxes of backpackers arrive to do one of THE must-do activities in Peru…sandboarding down the famous Huacachina dunes! The local guides take backpackers on a tour of these dunes on incredibly powerful (and safe!) dune buggies, flying over large humps in what seems to be a never-ending desert of sand. This in itself is awesome, but it gets even better as tourists have the option to sandboard down some of these huge dunes! This can be exciting as well as nerve racking and often you will end up with a face full of sand but it’s nothing a quick shower won´t fix! Snowboarding is world famous, but sandboarding is harder, faster and much much cheaper…an absolute must do for anybody who visits Huacachina.

As well as Huacachina, Ica is also famous for its Pisco and wine vineyards. Pisco is the national drink of Peru, and Ica is often called the home of Pisco. We take you to a Pisco vineyard tour where you will discover the history of Pisco, see how it is made, as well as getting to try a few samples of this deliciously refreshing drink. Peruvians are very proud of their Pisco and you simply cannot come to Ica without having a few glasses of Pisco!

Must see in Huacachina

Must see in Huacachina:

  • Visit the dunes in the late evening so as to see the sunset.

The incredible view of the sunset from the sand dunes is one you should not miss if you make it to Huacachina. Climb up the dunes on foot or catch the sunset at the end of a dune buggy tour.

Huacachina safety tips

Huacachina safety tips:

  • Huacachina is very small, try to bring cash with you as there are NO ATM outlets.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is nearly always sunny and hot.
  • Beware of pickpockets and never carry your passport/credit card unless 100% necessary.
  • If you take a public bus and get off in Ica, be VERY careful about what taxi you take to Huacachina. Many taxis in Ica have been known to take people to hotels that they have deals with, or try to scam tourists in other ways, so take extra care if you do have to take a taxi from Ica to Huacachina.
Where to stay in Huacachina

CASA DE ARENAS – Huacachina

Description: The best hostel in Huacachina, with large swimming pool and bar.

Facilities: Swimming pool, bar, Wi-Fi.

Issues: On weekends it can be noisy due to the nightclub located behind the hostel.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 28% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

ROOM TYPENORMAL PRICEPERU HOP PRICE
3/4 BED DORM S/B35 SOLES PP25 SOLES PP
3/4 BED DORM P/B (Incl. bath, towel)40 SOLES PP30 SOLES PP
DOUBLE BASIC/TWIN (incl. bath,towel)80 SOLES PR60 SOLES PR
DOUBLE STANDARD (incl. fan, TV, bath, towel)120 SOLES PR90 SOLES PR
DOUBLE SUITE (incl. A/C, TV, bath, towel)150 SOLES PR110 SOLES PR
PP: per person  | PR: per room
S/B: shared bathroom  | P/B: private bathroom

 
NOTE: Shared bathrooms in Casa Arenas are sometimes dirty (as they are used by everyone using the swimming pool) so we strongly recommend paying a little extra for the rooms with private bathrooms.

How to Book: Email reservas@peruhop.com

Conditions: Dorm beds for 1 person CANNOT be booked in advance, only when there is a group of 3 or more. Single dorm beds can be booked on the bus with guide. Must show Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.

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LA CASA DE BAMBOO – Huacachina

Description: Quiet option, family atmosphere, peaceful and good food options. (vegan food available).

Facilities: Small bamboo-made bar, free Wi-Fi.

Excellent for: Basically all backpackers.

Issues: No swimming pool!

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 22% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

ROOM TYPENORMAL PRICEPERU HOP PRICE
8 BED DORM45 SOLES PP25 SOLES PP
DOUBLE* P/B120 SOLES PR80 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE P/B180 SOLES PR130 SOLES PR
FAMILY ROOM P/B185 SOLES PR140 SOLES PR
PP: per person   | PR: per room
P/B: private bathroom
*No twin rooms available

 
How to Book: Email lacasadebamboo1@gmail.com and say you are a Peru Hop passenger.

Conditions: Must book directly with the hostel and show Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.

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CURASI 3-STAR HOSTEL WITH OASIS VIEW – Huacachina

Description: Hostel accommodation with beautiful views of the oasis.

Facilities: Private Rooms, pool, excellent breakfast.

Excellent for: Those who want more upmarket facilities and a peaceful place.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 10% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

ROOM TYPENORMAL PRICEPERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE130 SOLES PR120 SOLES PR
DOUBLE160 SOLES PR143 SOLES PR
TWIN170 SOLES PR153 SOLES PR
TRIPLE210 SOLES PR193 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE240 SOLES PR223 SOLES PR
PR: per room

 
How to Book: Email reservas@huacachinacurasi.com

Conditions: Must show Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.

Note: Not available on Easter or end of July.

Website: http://www.huacachinacurasi.com/

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HOSTERIA SUIZA – Huacachina

Description: Nice 3-star hotel with comfortable rooms and central pool.

Facilities: Swimming pool, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, TV cable, hot water.

Additional: They offer upgraded rooms with nicer views and more facilities on them (40% more than normal prices).

Excellent for: Those looking for private rooms with relaxed enviroment.

Peru Hop Deal:
9% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

ROOM TYPENORMAL PRICEPERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE152 SOLES PR138 SOLES PR
DOUBLE249 SOLES PR226 SOLES PR
PRIVATE249 SOLES PR226 SOLES PR
TRIPLE309 SOLES PR281 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE454 SOLES PR413 SOLES PR
PR: per room

 
ROOMS NEXT TO THE POOL

ROOM TYPENORMAL PRICEPERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE212 SOLES PR193 SOLES PR
TWIN351 SOLES PR319 SOLES PR
DOUBLE351 SOLES PR319 SOLES PR
TRIPLE385 SOLES PR350 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE477 SOLES PR434 SOLES PR
PR: per room

 
How to Book: Email reservas@hosteriasuiza.com.pe and say you are a Peru Hop passenger.

Conditions: Book directly with the hotel and show your Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.

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Photo Gallery:

Huacachina Oasis Peru photo gallery

Overall, Huacachina is definitely the recommended place to stay in Ica and may even become your favourite destination in South America…it is simply that beautiful!

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View other destinations:
Lima
Paracas
Nazca
Arequipa
Puno
Cusco

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