The hamlet of Huacachina lies among giant dunes in the arid region south of Lima. An underground spring feeds a small lagoon which is surrounded by the village. It is an oasis of green in the mountainous waves of sand which has become a favourite stop on the “Gringo Trail” of Peru.
Small hotels, hostels, gift shops and restaurants are the backbone of commerce in Huacachina providing the continuous flow of tourists with services they require.
The main attraction is the thrilling rides in the sand dunes in a motorised buggy and sandboarding.
The late afternoon excursion tours conclude watching the sun set over the unique landscape.
The days are warm and sunny and the evenings fresh and breezy, a perfect place to recharge your batteries poolside, have some fun and get a good nights sleep.
7 thoughts on “Huacachina: Peru’s Desert Oasis”
Looks like a lovely place for a visit. Peru is on our list so I will keep this in mind. Thanks!
We’ve spent longer in Peru than we anticipated, there is so much to do and see. The Dunes are definitely a fun time. -Ginette
Definitely reminds me of Death Valley. Gorgeous sand dunes. You captured them well. –Curt
I remember the dunes in Death Valley at the Furnace Creek junction (or was it Stovepipe Wells?). My ten year old daughter (who was travelling with me) said we should go play on the big sand piles in the distance. Since it was 51C or 120 F I vetoed the idea. Huacachina was a pleasant 20C and the sand boarding was a blast. -Gord
Stovepipe Wells. Good idea on the veto! I stay out of Death Valley in the summer but like to play there in the fall, winter and spring. I can imagine that the sand boarding would be a kick, Gord! But then, of course, there is the walk back up. 🙂 –Curt
Lucky for us the Dune Buggy carted us to the next downhill run. No fun climbing sand dunes but it is good exercise.
Darn, what’s the fun in that? 🙂 I remember trudging up the sand dunes in Death Valley. Good exercise may be an understatement. –Curt