ADD TO LISTHuacachina isn't a particularly well-known destination within Peru, but it does receive a few travelers, most of whom make a brief stop to see the Huacachina Sand Dunes. Generally, travelers visiting the area tend to stick to more popular destinations such as Nazca. If you do travel to Huacachina, please take some time to tell us about what you saw in this Huacachina travel guide.
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Not entirely sure whether Huacachina is still there after the 2007 earthquake. If it is, then its a great place to chill for a few days. Set in an oasis surrounded by huge sand dunes, there are 2-3 hostel/hotels, mainly frequented by backpackers, two of them have nice pools and there are a couple of good restaurants/bars. Its also close to Ica, where you can do a wine tour and discover how they make Pisco Sour. But the main reason for visiting Huacachina is the sandboarding. You go out into the desert in big Mad Max-style dune buggies (not for the faint-hearted, and wear eye protection and ideally a bandana or something to cover your face), flying over HUGE dunes, and then sandboard down them. You can do it snowboard style (difficult, the bindings aren't exactly quality), or just lie on the board. You'll be spitting up sand for months but its huge fun.
Most of the people enroute from Machu Picchu to Lima, pass by and have no idea what they are missing. An incredible party Oasis. It exists. Huacachina. Just 7 km from Ica in tuk-tuk ride, Huacachina is actually a lake sorrounded by sand dunes. There are just 2 things there. Hostels and Clubs.OK 3. Sandboarding is the third. You will have fun with these bizarre and awesome place. Check your 50 Soles bill. It is right behind it. Stay in casa de arena hostel with great prices and a nice swimming pool. Make this break between Machu Picchu and Lima. You won't regret it. Maybe after waking up totally drunk and red in the middle of the desert.
While on your way to the south of Peru, do stay in this laid back backpackers place - doing sandboarding is a must!
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