Huacachina, located 5 hours south of Lima is a tiny isolated oasis on the outer fringes of a barren desert. If you have ever thought about visiting the Sahara Desert in Africa, or the vast deserts of Arabia, you will be astonished by the imposing, grand and never ending dues of Hucachina.
Although Huacachina by Peru’s standards is not the most inspiring place to visit, it has grown over the last few years to become one of the best places for two things; sand boarding and sand buggying.
You can’t go to Huacachina without going out on a sand buggy ride. Huacachina is full of large and powerful multi-seat buggies, and you won’t have to look far to get a ride. It is not actually possible to drive your own buggy as government rules don’t permit; therefore you will need to arrange a tour with one of the licensed operators locally.
Most hostels or hotels have their own buggies, so it is worth checking their rates before you book with a private operator. If you are travelling as part of a larger group, make sure to ask for a discount.
If you are on the sand buggies, sand boarding or just walking around make sure that you are prepared for the heat. The temperature in Huacachina can be brutal at times, so it is important to make sure you have sun block, a sun hat and water at all times.
If you want to compare operators and check out prices/itineraries for the sandboarding and dune buggys, we recommend you check out the FindLocalTrips.
Balneario de Huacachina, Ica
Tel: (++51 1) 986 113 252
what do you know about ‘alternative’ macchu pichu tours?
matt & emma
Hi Emma & Matt,
I know a lot about a lot when it comes to Peru, but what was it that you were hoping to do? Tell me a little more and I will be pleased to advise.