9 Best Things to do in Huacachina, Peru

things to do in huacachina, peru

The picturesque Huacachina, hidden between dominating sand dunes in the middle of nowhere, has become a fan-favorite for those traveling through Peru. The oasis town is like no other in the continent, being the only natural desert oasis in South America. Known for the sunny year-long weather and exhilarating sandboarding that can be done on the sand dunes, it’s gaining more popularity due to the other activities that can be done in a short amount of time. Here we tell you the 9 best things to do in Huacachina, Peru!


If you’ve ever been snowboarding you know how thrilling it is. Anyone who’s done it, loves it. Sandboarding is exactly the same thing! The only difference is the warm, sunny weather and well, the sand (the sand actually makes the board go faster). Don’t worry though, if you’ve never been on a board before, you can practice until perfection or you can even sandboard down the dunes by laying down on the board which is safer and just as fun.

There’s only one small drawback. The sand can be coarse and rough… and it gets everywhere. But hey, don’t let that hold you back, a quick shower after sandboarding will do the trick.

sandboarding huacachina

Ride the adrenaline-fueled dune buggies

Hop on and ride through the dunes on one of the exciting dune buggies. You’ll travel at full speeds up and down the hills, in what will feel like a rollercoaster ride filled with adrenaline (I personally like to describe it as being in a Mad Max movie). It’s perfect for those looking for an adventure and wanting to enjoy the desert scenery in a completely different way.

dune buggies in Huacachina

Join the wild party

Huacachina has become famous for its nightlife, especially the day and night parties in Wild Rover Hostel. The notorious South American party hostel chain is known for its crazy pool parties, free shots and great atmosphere all around. No day or night is a boring one in Wild Rover.

wild rover hostel huacachina

Hike the dunes

Walk to the top of the sand dunes and have a bird eyes view of the oasis. Although these sand dunes are huge, you can easily (kinda) walk all the way up. Head to the oasis and once there, you’ll see the path and multitude of people make their way up different dunes. You can sit and enjoy the view, have an unforgettable chat or just gaze at the dune buggies from afar.

Mostly everyone does it on their own or with a group of friends, but make sure to always follow the recommended security measures. Take water with you, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, put on some sunscreen and don’t wander off too far.

sand dunes

Watch the sunset in Huacachina

Easily one of the most amazing views in all of Peru, the sun slowly setting over the sand dunes is a jaw-dropping experience. Make sure to grab a good spot on one of the sand dunes and have your camera ready to get that perfect picture.

Paddle boat around the Huacachina lagoon

If looking to spend a relaxing afternoon, rent one of the paddle boats and cruise around the lagoon. Slowly paddle and enjoy your beautiful surroundings while you watch the world go by.

paddle boat in huacachina lagoon

Pisco Vineyard tour

Just one hour away from Huacachina are well-known pisco vineyards. Pisco is the national drink of Peru and is the main ingredient of the famed Pisco Sour. You’ll have the chance to learn how it’s made and try many kinds of liquors and wines made on the spot. You can find Pisco Vineyard tours available in Huacachina that depart daily.

pisco vineyard ica

Ballestas Islands in Paracas

Also very close to the desert oasis are the Ballestas Islands in Paracas, considered the Peruvian Galapagos Islands. You’ll boat out to the islands where you’ll see sea lions, penguins, and other marine wildlife all in their natural habitat. This tour is a perfect choice for animal lovers and birdwatchers, or just anyone looking to discover more of Peru. You can find Ballestas Islands tours available in Huacachina that depart daily.

ballestas islands

Nazca Lines Flight

Huacachina is used by many as a starting point to the mysterious Nazca Lines, which are located a little less than 2 hours away. These 3,000 year old geoglyphs of shapes, animals and lines are etched into the desert ground and can only be seen from above. The 30 minute flight above the Nazca desert will show you all these drawings which will leave you with more questions than you had before.

nazca lines flight