HUACACHINA ICA – COMPLETE GUIDE TO PERU’S DESERT OASIS

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Discover Huacachina Ica Peru!

Huacachina Ica is one of my favorite destinations in all of Peru! This incredible desert oasis truly is a remarkable vista which has recently become an internet legend thanks to everyone’s favorite app, Instagram!

I have put together this complete guide of Huacachina Ica Oasis with everything you need to know including how to get to Huacachina, things to do at Huacachina Ica and where to stay!

 

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WHERE IS HUACACHINA ICA

Huacachina is located in the southwestern region of Peru approximately 300km south of Lima, Peru’s capital city.

Huacachina is the name of the village which is built around a small oasis surrounded by enormous sand dunes. Ica is the name of the nearby city that’s just 5kms away from the Huacachina Oasis.

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HOW TO GET TO HUACACHINA

The best way to reach Huacachina Ica is by bus. The most reputable bus company in Peru that I discovered to be the most comfortable and reliable is Peru Hop.

They offer many different bus routes and itineraries throughout Peru and Bolivia and I highly recommend traveling with them.

For this particular trip, there is a bus from Lima to Huacachina that departs daily and the journey time is around 4-hours.

Another popular route for reaching Huacachina Ica is from Arequipa, a city in the south of Peru. There are daily buses from Arequipa to Huacachina and the journey time is around 14-hours, with a stop for lunch.

Click Here to visit the Peru Hop website for more information and to book your bus tickets online.

 

HUACACHINA ICA TOURS

If you decide you want to book a Huacachina Tour as opposed to a self-guided trip, you can check out what itineraries are available on the Get Your Guide website.

Get Your Guide has many different Huacachina Tours on offer which includes transport, sandboarding and buggies in the Huacachina sand dunes and even a boat tour to nearby islands in Paracas.

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THINGS TO DO IN HUACACHINA ICA

Depending on what time you arrive in Huacahina Ica, the first thing you’re going to want to do is head over to South America’s ONLY natural desert oasis which is just a short walk from anywhere inside the village.

Sandboarding down the mammoth Huacachina sand dunes is another one of the best things to do when visiting this amazing Peru oasis.

Some accommodations offer complimentary sandboards for guests to use otherwise you can rent them from the locals in town. Grab a board, hike for around twenty minutes to the top of the highest dune and take the plunge!

Once you’re all done with sandboarding you can jump in one of the dune buggies with an experienced driver and zap around the desert dunes of Huacachina Ica. Be sure to pack your GoPro camera to capture all the action. A Huacachina dune buggy tour will set you back around $25.

 

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HUACACHINA ICA – CONTINUED

Another one of the best things to do in Huacachina is watching the sunrise or sunset from the top of the nearest sand dunes.

I was amazed at the amount of cloud movement going on when I hiked to the top of the Huacachina dunes for sunrise one morning, watching them sweeping in and around the oasis, up and over the dunes and into the oblivion.

Watching the sunrise at Huacachina Ica was by far the best moments that I enjoyed most during my visit to this majestic desert oasis!

When the sun goes down at Huacachina Ica Peru the bars and restaurants come to life. Huacachina sure loves to party and almost every night of the week you can finding a cranking bar with good music and cheap drinks, usually kicking off at around 11 pm.

There is no shortage of restaurants dotted around the Huacachine oasis offering just about everything from classic Peruvian dishes to pizza and pasta. Try getting into a restaurant in time for happy hour, kick back and reminisce on how epic your day just was!

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THE LEGEND OF HUACACHINA ICA

Peruvian legend has it that the Huacachina Ica Oasis was created when a native princess stripped naked to bathe, but after looking in a mirror she spotted a male hunter approaching her from behind.

She fled Huacachina leaving her mirror behind which turned into a lake. It is rumored that the princess still resides in the bottom of the Huacachina Oasis as a mermaid.

Swimming at Huacachina Ica definitely possible and locals believe the water and mud to be therapeutic, ridding those of arthritis, asthma and bronchitis.

If you’re not game for a swim or mud scrub, simply relax on the sandy shores of the Huacachina oasis or rent one of the paddle boats to take out onto the lagoon.

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WHERE TO STAY IN HUACACHINA

Huacachina has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Huacachina to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations in Huacachina below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Hotel El Huacachinero

Located right in the heart of Huacachina Oasis close by to bars and restaurants. This hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant and free wifi. The rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV, air-conditioning and an American breakfast is included.

Mid Range: Desert Nights Ecocamp

Desert Nights offer glamping at its finest! Located on the edge of the dunes and minutes walk to the town in Huacachina, this Ecocamp features a restaurant, shared kitchen, bar, garden, swimming pool and an outdoor terrace for guests to enjoy! Book a night in one of the luxury tents which also includes free wifi and a continental breakfast.

Budget: Wild Olive Guest House

Centrally located in the Huacachina Oasis, this guesthouse features a restaurant, shared kitchen, shared lounge and free wifi. Wild Olive has shared dorm rooms, private double rooms and family rooms available at an affordable price. Perfect for travelers on a budget!

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AIRBNB HUACACHINA

Another option for accommodation in Huacachina Ica is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in the Huacachina area!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR HUACACHINA

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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gopro8

GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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selfie stick

Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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MY SHOP

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF HUACACHINA ICA

Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions at all about the Huacachina Ica Oasis in Peru, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

 

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