Huacachina City Guide – 2018

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.
  • Huacachina is South America’s ONLY natural desert Oasis.
  • Home of the best Dune Buggy and Sandboarding Tours in South America.
Want to see drone footage of a Desert Oasis?! Check out this incredible video below to see for yourself why Huacachina has become the most popular destination in Peru after Machu Picchu
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

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.

Note:

Huacachina is a perfect stop and a definite must-visit for any trip between Lima and Machu Picchu (Cusco). Or, if you’re planning to take a flight between Lima and Cusco, visit Huacachina on a Day Trip from Lima

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Note:

Huacachina is a perfect stop for any trip between Lima and Machu Picchu (Cusco). Or, if you plan to fly between Lima and Cusco, visit Huacachina on a Day Trip from Lima

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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

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 TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
8 BED DORM 45 SOLES PP 25 SOLES PP
DOUBLE* P/B 120 SOLES PR 80 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE P/B 180 SOLES PR 130 SOLES PR
FAMILY ROOM P/B 185 SOLES PR 140 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.

WILD OLIVE GUEST HOUSE – Huacachina

Description: Converted colonial family house next to the lagoon, with high ceilings, trendy décor, and a social atmosphere.
Facilities: Kitchen for guests, free pool access, free WiFi, Netflix and large family-style living room. Italian Restaurant
Excellent for: Couples, solo or group travelers looking to stay close to the Huacachina nightlife, but still get a good night sleep
Peru Hop Deal: 20% OFF for Peru Hop passengers
ROOM TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
8 BED DORM 40 SOLES PP 30 SOLES PP
PRIVATE ROOM P/B 100 SOLES PR 80 SOLES PR
FAMILY ROOM P/B 200 SOLES PR 150 SOLES PR
PP: per person | PR: per room P/B: private bathroom
How to Book: Email: wildolive@desertadventure.net and say you’re a Peru Hop passenger
Conditions: Book directly with the hostel and show your Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.
Note: Prices may vary for Peruvian holidays.

ECOCAMP – Huacachina

Description: Luxury campsite with a relaxing, tropical tiki atmosphere which many describe as an oasis within the oasis.
Facilities: Swim-up bar, Pool, guest kitchen, restaurant, shared bathrooms, BBQ area.
Excellent for: Couples or friends who want to spend time relaxing in the sun by the pool and sipping down some piña coladas.
Peru Hop Deal: 20% OFF for Peru Hop passengers
ROOM TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
LUXURY TENTS SINGLE 70 SOLES PP 56 SOLES PP
TWO DOUBLE BEDS 70 SOLES PP 56 SOLES PP
PP: per person Breakfast buffet is included
How to Book: Email ecocamp@desertadventure.net and say you’re a Peru Hop passenger.
Conditions: Book directly with the hostel and show your Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.
Note: Prices may vary for Peruvian holidays.

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 TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE 130 SOLES PR 120 SOLES PR
DOUBLE 160 SOLES PR 143 SOLES PR
TWIN 170 SOLES PR 153 SOLES PR
TRIPLE 210 SOLES PR 193 SOLES PR
QUADRUPLE 240 SOLES PR 223 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/

Photo Gallery:

Huacachina Oasis Peru photo gallery
In summary, Huacachina is a MUST see destination for any trip to Peru. If going by bus from Lima to Cusco (or vice versa), see our Peru Hop tickets which all include a stop in Huacachina. If flying between Lima and Cusco, check out our Day Trips from Lima to Huacachina

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To book a tour in Huacachina we recommend you use FindLocalTrips.com a search and comparison website for tours across all of South America.
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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.
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