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.
A 30 minute tour of the dunes costs around 25 Soles, but varies depending on operator, and tour you take. There is a local tax which needs to be paid on entry to the dunes (3.60 per person); ask if this is included in the price, or is an additional extra.
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.
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