2024 update with all the info you need!
For the past 12 years, the desert oasis of Huacachina has served as the site of one of the most popular adventure tours in South America: the dune buggy and sandboarding tour. People of all ages – including kids, teenagers, and adults – all visit Huacachina and climb into a 4-wheel-drive dune buggy driven by a professional driver. It is a must-do tour in Huacachina oasis.
Half the tour is riding in the dune buggy, up and down the dunes at fast speeds. And the other half of the tour is a chance to try the adventure sport of “sandboarding”. This is just like snowboarding, but instead of snow you will be boarding on the fine-grained sand of the desert. If you aren’t athletically talented, no problem! Just lay on your stomach on the board, and go “sand sledding”. This is faster, lots of fun, and doesn’t require any patience or ability.
The dune buggy and sandboarding tour in Huacachina Ica is an amazing thrill ride. But this is more than just a thrill ride: the gigantic sand dunes are beautiful, surreal and mesmerizing. A tour into the desert feels like an “out of this world” experience, almost like visiting the surface of another planet.
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The tours start at 10 AM or 4 PM and they last 2 hours. We strongly recommend that all visitors to Huacachina take the 4 PM tour. This is by far the best time of day to take the tour as you’ll be able to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets at the end.
There are 2 ways to enjoy this tour: through a day trip from Lima (which we strongly recommend) or by booking the tour directly. For booking tours directly, we suggest checking out FindLocalTrips to find the perfect option. Although not necessary to book in advance, it’s preferable to do so as you’ll get the best options available.
As for a day trip from Lima, you’ll want a top-rated option that offers a stress-free and safe trip at a great price. From years of providing information about Huacachina and surveying travelers, we’ve concluded that the day trips offered by Peru Hop are the best ones available. All you’ll need to do is check out their Tripadvisor reviews to see for yourself!
No. For safety reasons, only the professional drivers can drive a dune buggy. This is not just for your safety – the desert is full of areas where people are sandboarding, and if you drive through these areas quickly you could easily injure someone. Plus, handling a dune buggy requires several months of training to do it properly: it is not easy at all.