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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 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.


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  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.

    • 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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