Oasis of Huacachina
Oasis of Huacachina
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johnsone5
Minneapolis, MN8 contributions
Couples
We had a great private day trip with our guide Evy! First stop was pisco distillery for a tour and tastings, second stop a winery for lunch, and third stop Huacachina! Ica is a long distance from Lima so I can’t stress enough how nice it was to travel in a personal car versus a bus with multiple people! I personally thought Huacachina oasis itself was underwhelming and the sand dunes seemed to be the main attraction but the day as a whole was fun. If you aren’t interested in buggy rides/sand boarding it’s probably not worth going here. Evy was extremely accommodating and easy to talk to! If considering visiting Huacachina would recommend booking it with Exploor.
Written September 16, 2022
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kim m
Washington DC, DC6 contributions
We stayed in Ica and went in the afternoon to the oasis and we really loved it .
We went on dune buggying and also sand boarding and the best time is taking the ride at 4pm so when you are finishing its possible to see the sunset from the top of the desert.
Really cool place
Written October 5, 2021
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Skaramoosh
Edmonton, Canada3,797 contributions
An oasis town of about 120 people, so we were told, just outside Ica. It's about an hour and a half south of Paracas. It's quite an amazing sight to see this oasis come into view.

There's nightlife, restaurants, hotels all within walking distance from each other around the oasis.

The water does not look very clean and, unfortunately, there's litter and garbage here and there. It's a re-education for the tourists and locals alike with regards to bad habits. However, the city (I would presume Ica), has installed generators to pump the water out and through to keep it circulated for health and sanitation reasons.

This is a must stop if you're in the neighbourhood.

We went dune buggying and sand boarding which was quite exhilarating. We recommend these activities.

From the top of the sand dunes the scenic view of the oasis with the town surrounding it makes for a great photo any time of the day.

A visit or preferably at least an overnight stop is Highly Recommended!
Written March 15, 2020
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Marco H
5 contributions
Solo
I would rank this one of the worst places for traveling in the whole country Peru. Loads of tourist, there was even a traffic jam on the way from Ica.(look on my picture)
You could take a boat on the tiny lagoon which doesn't make it look better. It's really all about the buggy tours and sandboarding. If you go up the dunes and think there's a nice dessert then you are wrong. There just like 50-60 buggys driving around almost killing the people walking around.(picture) It's not a quiet and relaxed place - not at all. If you want to do a buggy tour, or sandboarding then do it somewhere else it's definitely not worth getting of the Bus here. It's just a waste of money. I definitely regret coming here even if it was just for one full day. It's so sad that I would like to give 0 of 5 points. :(
Written January 5, 2020
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Laura C
Cary, NC68 contributions
We visited here as part of our trip on Peru Hop. Included was a sandboarding and buggy tour of the dunes, using Arenas Tour Operator. We had the best time! Our driver, Arturo, was excellent. I felt safe the whole time, and was hesitant to try the sand boarding. Arturo gave us detailed instructions and ensured our safety from the top of the dune to the bottom when we sand boarded. I'm so glad I tried it! The sunset over the dunes at the end of our tour was a highlight. Don't miss this!
Written August 28, 2022
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Kevin M
12 contributions
Thought this would be a good last stop after 6 months of wandering South America.. big mistake.. I guess if your looking for touristy it’s fine but generally overpriced, poor food in most locations and the little lake or pond... might be better described as a cesspool.. enter at your own risk
Written February 12, 2020
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kathinpa
Philadelphia, PA164 contributions
We stopped here on a day trip from Lima, and unfortunately we only had a short time to visit, but it was absolutely worth it.

I mean, IT'S AN OASIS.

I've never seen anything like this in person, and it's exactly what you'd see in a movie. There's a lagoon surrounded by trees, park, promenades, and shops. And the oasis is surrounded by sand dunes, which you can climb to get an overall view and terrific photos.

Besides shopping, eating, drinking, and lounging, there are paddle boats on the lagoon and plenty of dune buggy and sand boarding outfitters. I expect it would be a nice place to spend a day or two. But just for the novelty of it, don't pass by without at least a short visit.
Written January 3, 2020
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whitjohnw
Washington DC, DC109 contributions
Family
Kinda overrated in my opinion. The water is brown and not swimmable. Paddle boats are available but why? The water is about 60 meters across. Bars and restaurants scattered around the perimeter. Lots of souvenir shops. It’s just a place to hang out and wait till you go in your dune buggy sand boarding excursion. I am relieved we did not make reservations here to stay the night.
Written March 27, 2022
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Solo
This place is the main attraction if in Ica and is a definite must-see. The desert oasis of Huacachina offers a large lake in the middle of the desert. Once scaling the dunes you will see the vast desert expanse which goes as far as the eye can see. There is so much to do here including dune buggying, sandboarding and taking a boat out on the lake! It is an incredibly stunning part of Peru that I would recommend to anyone.
Written February 20, 2019
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,688 contributions
Friends
We stopped here so some people could go for a dune buggy ride. The rest of us walked around town which takes 30 minutes, had a cold beer and found a place where there was free wifi. It was very hot but a light breeze coming off the small lake was nice.
My friend paid 30 soles to have a swim in a hotel pool and said it was perfect.
The place doesn't have much to offer. It's really just a springboard to and from other places and for dune buggys.
Did see some people up on the top of the dunes using their snowboards (or similar) which was one hell of a walk.
There are toilets here and the place is generally wheelchair friendly.
Watch out for the buddy's as the zoom through town - can be a little reckless.
Written March 12, 2018
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