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Is Huacachina worth visiting?

It’s about five hours from Lima so I went back and forth on if the oasis was worth the trip.

However, we decided to do it because our friends were passing through and I’m so glad we did! If you’re asking yourself if Huacachina is worth visiting take a look at these 12 pictures to help make your decision.

On our weekend trip from Lima we saw sea lions at the Islas Ballestas, climbed the sand dunes around the oasis and partied the night away in the town of Huacachina, then completed our trip with a visit to the oldest winery in the Americas. 

Water, sun, and sand are very different from climbing volcanos, summiting ice-covered mountains, and tackling the high altitude hikes that dominated much of our Peru itinerary, but I’m not complaining.

Is Huacachina worth visiting?

Check out these photos from the weekend trip and then click here for all the travel details to make it happen!

 

Islas Ballestas boat tour

The Islas Ballestas Boat Tour in Paracas

 

sea lions in the Islas Ballestas

Spotting Sea Lions on the Islas Ballestas Boat Tour

 

climbing the sand dunes for a sunset view in Huacachina

Climbing the Sand Dunes for the Perfect Sunset View

 

sunset in Huacachina Oasis

Sunset in the Huacachina Oasis

 

Huacachina Oasis

Huacachina Oasis

 

sand boardering in Peru

Sand Boarders on the Dunes

 

 

walking through Huacachina

Exploring the Tiny Town of Huacachina

 

Tacama Winery

Visiting the Oldest Winery in the Americas

 

Tacama Winery

Vineyards of the Tacama Winery

 

restaurant at Tacama Winery

An Idyllic Place to Enjoy a Drink

 

pink chapel in Peru

The Stunning Chapel in the Tacama Winery

 

So, what do you think?

If you’re on the fence about adding the Huacachina Oasis to your Peru itinerary, I hope these photos will help you decide.

Then, plan your trip with the Huacachina weekend guide where you’ll find all the details on bus timetables, budget estimates, and more.

Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Lima and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on Booking.com to plan the perfect weekend away in Huacachina!

 

This article is part of the Loaded Lima series. Read the rest below:

What to See, Eat, and Drink in Barranco, Lima

Top 3 restaurants in Lima’s Surco Neighborhood

5 Best Things to do in Huacachina: Lima Weekend Getaway Guide

Then explore the Peru Series for more insider tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in the country.

 

I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use Booking.com for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!

2 Comments

  1. I spent 1 night in Haucachine and it really wasn’t enough!

    Thank you for your awesome site! I spent a month in Peru, September 2018 and fell in love with Cusco. 2 weeks after returning home to New Zealand I’ve booked my flights back to Cusco for Christmas. Planning to keep off the tourist train as much as possible on my return. Your guides for treks around Cusco are great, I’ll definitely be checking those places out. There is something very special about the Sacred Valley and its people.

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    • I’m really glad my guides can help you out! And I’m super jealous you’re returning to Peru, I agree there’s something special in the air there… the hiking is really some of the best in the world. Hope you have so much fun!

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