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Huacachina Oasis

Altitude: 1,430 meters (4,647 ft) Population: 4,415 Phone Code: 056

Located just 5 kilometers (3 mi) outside of Ica, this small oasis consists of a quiet lagoon surrounded by sand dunes, palm trees and huarangos (carob trees). A local legend completes Huacachina’s enchanting atmosphere: when the moon is full you can hear the mournful cry of a woman who drowned herself in the lagoon after discovering her fiancé was killed at war.

Beautiful houses line the lagoon's shores and while the water can be a bit murky at times, it makes a great place to escape from the desert heat after a day of sandboarding or cruising around in a dune buggy. A boardwalk encircles the lagoon, and a variety of enticing restaurants and hotels line the town. According to locals, the lagoon's sulfur-rich waters contain curative properties. Whether or not this theory has merit, you're bound to leave the Huacachina Oasis feeling a little more relaxed than when you arrived.

In recent years, Huacachina has grown in popularity with young backpackers and vacationing Peruvian families. The vibe has changed, with bars going full-tilt until well after midnight even during the week and the whine of dirt bikes on the dunes weaving through the night.


Other places nearby Huacachina Oasis: The Nasca Lines, Moquegua, Pisco, Tacna, Paracas, Ilo, Torata, Nasca and Ica.

18 Jun 2012

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Dune Buggy Rides

Huacachina has become THE place to go for riding the desert dunes in a buggy. Outings are usually planned in the cooler hours of morning, or in the evening to watch the sun set. Many companies ...
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