Welcome to Huacachina
Imagine…. It’s 6pm and you’re sitting atop a giant wind-sculpted sand dune watching the sun set psychedelically over a landscape of golden yellows and rusty reds. Two hundred meters below you lies a dreamy desert lagoon ringed by exotic palm trees, and furnished with a clutch of rustic yet suitably elegant hotels. It took you an exhausting 20 minutes to climb up to this lofty vantage point, but with a well-waxed... Read More
Top experiences in Huacachina
Huacachina Sand Buggy and Sand Boarding Experience
Welcome to the quaint, quiet and cute oasis of Huacachina with its tranquil lagoon and backdrop of amazing sand dunes anywhere you turn to look. Get ready to cruise to the tops of 500-meter (1,640-foot) high sand dunes and go rocketing down the slopes in the sand buggy. A roller coaster ride of 360's, sharp turns and steep hills will get your adrenaline pumping before you take your first shot at sand boarding. Strap yourself in tightly, throw your hands in the air and scream away as you are carried over sand dunes in the middle of the expansive desert. You will have the opportunity to sandboard on 3-4 different dunes so you can try your luck. You will take thrilling rides on a basic sandboard by laying face first on the board and letting yourself fly down the dune to see how far (and fast) you can go. Cheer on your mates and don't let anyone shy away from this unforgettable experience. Lastly, you will admire the breathtaking sunset over the vast desert landscape and have the chance to take photos in the golden twilight before racing back to Huacachina. (Experienced sand-boarders can choose to upgrade to a professional sand-board with boots and bindings for an extra cost of $5 USD paid locally. Upgrades are subject to availability. To reserve, please contact us in advance with your shoe size. On the day of the tour, you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure for your fitting. For beginners the laying down option is recommend because it is much easier and lots of fun).
Sandboard and Buggy Ride in Huacachina and Ica
This action-packed day of Peruvian adventures begins at 7am when you're picked up from your centrally located Lima hotel by your private tour guide. Drive for approximately 2 hours along the South Pan American Highway in a comfortable vehicle until you arrive at Cerro Azul. Soak up great views of the see and ask the local fisherman what the catch of the day is. Next, drive to Chincha — a small town famous for its Afro-Peruvian culture. After visiting Chincha, head to El Carmen for a tour of the local church, catacombs, and art galleries. Have a refreshing drink before enjoying a tour of a traditional winery. Learn about the process and production of Peru's national drink: Pisco. Taste a variety of Piscos (Acholado, Italia, and Quebranta, among others), wines, and locally produced liquors, and have the opportunity to do a little shopping. Next, enjoy lunch with traditional food from Ica. Try the famous "Sopa Seca," prepared with noodles, pork, potatoes, and peanuts, and "Chicha Morada," a beverage made with purple corn, lemon, and sugar. After lunch, sample the regional dessert of "tejas," visit the Helena Chocolate Factory, the Temple of Luren, the Main Square, and the Cathedral of Ica.After lunch has settled, around 4pm, head to the desert oasis of Huacachina for an afternoon of sand-boarding. Drive dune buggies to the top of huge sand dunes, then ride a board down as adrenaline courses through your body. Enjoy a spectacular sunset in the middle of the desert, and have some free time to relax and swim at a hotel pool before returning to Lima. The tour concludes when you're dropped off at your Lima hotel around 10pm.
Full-Day Ballestas Islands and Huacachina
Your day trip starts with hotel pickup in Lima in the very early morning for the 4-hour journey to Paracas aboard the Southern Cross transport service cruise. Arrive at El Chaco pier in Paracas, and head to the Ballestas Islands where you'll see the Candelabra, a great geoglifo (drawing on the earth) that looks like an old chandelier. Upon reaching the islands, you'll be greeted by tendrils, boobies, gulls, pelicans, chuitas, and other birds, and if you're lucky, you may spot a colony of Humboldt penguins. Sea lions should also be on display, and your guide will tell you about this favorite species of marine mammal. After your visit to the Ballestas Islands, continue to the city of Ica. In the late morning, you'll head to Huacachina, surrounded by huge sand dunes, where you'll visit the monument to the Huacachina Mermaid and a craft center. Then get ready for a buggy ride in the desert. Your day trip ends with a bus ride from Ica back to Lima, where you'll arrive at night.
Private Tour to Huacachina from Paracas
You will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas in private vehicle to drive towards to Ica city (1 hour drive). On this traditional tour to Huacachina, you will visit the best of this beautiful city, such as the traditional vineyards where you will have the opportunity to taste one of the traditional wine and the famous PISCO the national drink of Peru. At the bodegas you will learn more about the history and the process of Pisco. Later on you will visit the Cathedral of Senor de Luren, Main Square of Ica and the Regional Museum, an interesting building that houses the remains of the ancient cultures that developed on the southern coast such Paracas, Nazca, Chincha, Wari and others Inca culture. Afterwards we will drive southwest towards to Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm tree and huge sand dunes with spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Here you will be able to climb the sand dunes and enjoy one of the ultimate tours in the desert, the famous dune buggy tours. You will then return to your hotel in Paracas. End of the service.
Dune Buggy and Sandboarding in the Ica Desert
Combine adrenaline rushes with the majestic beauty of the Ica desert on this exciting buggy and sandboarding tour from Huacachina. Take an unconventional route through the desert, racing across the hot sand on your sandboard or dune buggy, and stopping to take in the beautiful sunset across the desert plain.Stop along the way to practice your sandboarding skills, standing up on the board for speed, or choosing to lie down for a more relaxed experience. All vehicles are equipped with the latest generation engines and secure belts, ensuring the personal safety of all riders. It's an unforgettable ride!
Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines – this epic journey explores the geography, culture, and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service, and equipment.