Lima to Huacachina: Everything you Need to Know in 2024

How to get from Lima to Huacachina in 2024. The best bus companies, Huacachina Day Tours from Lima and much more explained. Read below for more information!

The best way to get from Lima to Huacachina is the Peru Hop bus. All other bus companies go to Ica (you will then need to take a taxi to Huacachina) and there is no airport near Huacachina.

Lima to Huacachina takes around 4.5 hours if you are traveling directly, but a stop in Paracas is highly recommended. The Secret Slave Tunnels in Chincha are also a must-do for anyone traveling between Lima and Huacachina.

Day Trips from Lima to Huacachina are becoming increasingly popular as well, and might be ideal for those who plan to fly between Lima and Cusco for example. There are 1, 2 & 3 day trips that combine Huacachina, Paracas, Nazca and Chincha. Please click here for more info.

Below, read much more detail about the various ways to get from Lima to Huacachina.

Private car

The least recommended way to travel to Huacachina. The high cost per rent added to the sometimes complicated and confusing roads, it can make what’s meant to be a fun trip a stressful one. If you were to choose this option you’ll have to go through the Panamericana Highway until reaching kilometer 256 (Ica city), a 4 hour drive.

Public bus company

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This option is way more complex as you will need to take more than one vehicle. The first thing to do is to take a taxi from your hotel/hostel to the bus terminal. Bear in mind that is no central bus terminal, so the location will depend on the bus company (these terminals tend to be far away from major hotels/hostels). Then you will have to take the bus from the terminal towards Ica. Once in Ica, you have to take a taxi to Huacachina as buses are not allowed to enter the oasis. The bus ride lasts approximately 4:30 hours. Note that you will have to repeat this process for the way back.

Although this is a very common way to get to Huacachina, it could become somewhat confusing for a tourist. Plus, you risk getting lost along the way if you don’t know the place very well.

Among the costs you have to consider are:

  • Taxi to the terminal: $7 USD (might vary depending on your location)
  • One way bus ticket: $15 USD (might vary depending on the bus company)
  • Taxi from Ica to Huacachina: $4 USD
  • Taxi from Huacachina to Ica: $4 USD
  • Return bus ticket: $15 USD (might vary depending on the bus company)
  • Taxi from the terminal to your hotel/hostel: $7 USD (might vary depending on your location)

Peru Hop bus

One of the easiest and best ways to get to Huacachina is traveling with this company. First off, it’s the only bus company with DIRECT access to the Huacachina Oasis. Peru Hop is a bus company focused on providing quality services to its passengers. Apart from having certain benefits, the company makes the trip very rewarding.

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They have daily departures from Lima and the tour they offer is perfectly set for people who travel for the first time in Peru. Here is a list of what is involved in your trip to Huacachina

According to many travelers, the best features of traveling with Peru Hop is the direct entry to Huacachina, hotel/hostel pickups and being able to meet other travelers from all over the world..

Pickups and dropoffs:

There is no need to worry about taking a taxi to get to a terminal. Peru Hop provides pickups from hotels/hostels in Miraflores, Barranco, and some parts of Lima center and San Isidro. On the way back, they also drop you off at your hotel/hostel.

Total package tour:

The company offers this tour as a total package, therefore, once you get the ticket you will have everything set for that day. This includes transport, pickups and drop offs, tours, and a guide on board. This way, you can save time and you don’t have to worry about missing a tour or forgetting to book something. Plus, you can get to meet other travelers along the way as the tour always runs with a big group of people each day.

Guide on board:

There is no better way to know a place than with a local guide that takes you to those hidden places. With Peru Hop, you can travel along with a guide that will give you the tips and assists you in anything you might require. More than a guide is a friend that talks about his culture and traditions. This is one of the factors Peru Hop has gained popularity lately and you can confirm that as its users post excellent reviews every day.

Safety first:

There is no doubt we always look for to get the best experience. Safeness is a very important factor nowadays and this is what Peru Hop has provided all these years of operation. All drivers, guides, operators that work with this company are trained professionals who make every trip the best.

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Day Trips from Lima

For many it’s the best way to enjoy what Huacachina has to offer in just 1 to 4 days. Most depart daily from Lima and combine activities in Huacachina and nearby locations for an unforgettable experience. From our expert travel team, and from travelers themselves, the best choice are Peru Hop’s Day Trips from Lima. They have a variety of tops rated options and are all-inclusive, having the best bits of Huacachina, Paracas, Nazca and Chincha in their trip price. The most liked aspects mentioned by travelers is the comfort of traveling in a spacious bus, the activities included compared to other companies and the hassle-free experience with the help of the fluent, bilingual guides onboard. Make sure to check out all the options here!

Experience the amazing experience that Huacachina offers

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