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Huacachina Oasis [sandboarding]

  • Huacachina, Ica Region, Peru

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 31 March, 2024

Huddled under palm trees around a little lake set in a sand-sea of rippling dunes, Huacachina village looks like a film set for Dune.

Beauty alone makes it worth a special visit, but there’s plenty to do – from desert hiking and buggy rides to sandboard-surfing the wave-like dunes – which are the tallest in South America. There are plenty of operators in town offering classes and boards to rent, but choose carefully, the sport can be as dangerous for novices as snowboarding.

Over the last decade, Huacachina has become a backpacker hangout – with bars along the lakeshore pumping out music and serving cheap cocktails, and hostels lining the streets behind. But while accommodation in the village is backpacker-simple, Ica city, a ten-minute drive away has comfortable rooms and is connected with Lima by plane and bus.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Huacachina is less than 5km from Ica City – which has flights to Lima and Arequipa and better-than-backpacker accommodation. Taxis from Ica to the village cost pennies.

Sandboarding is easy to organise – with dozens of operators in Huacachina. Choose an operator who emphasises safety. Trips should take around two hours, include classes from a competent sandboarder and begin with lying down. Sandboarding can be dangerous for the uninitiated.

When to do it

Tours run all year round. February and March can be hot with daytime highs around 30°C and you will need sunscreen on the dunes. Nighttime temperatures in July can drop to around 10°C, so take warm clothing.

Who to go with: organised tours

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