Huacachina Peru is a gorgeous town located on the edge of an oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by incredible sand dunes. One of the top things to do in Huacachina (and in all of Peru) is taking on the giant sand dunes with a dune buggy and a makeshift snowboard. Thinking about sandboarding in Peru Huacachina? Here’s everything you need to know!
How To Get To Huacachina Peru
Getting to Huacachina Peru is pretty easy from most places in Peru. Taking a local bus to Huacachina is definitely the cheapest way but there are a few other options as well.
Taking The Local Bus To Huacachina Peru
Local bus is definitely the cheapest way to get to Huacachina, however, won’t actually take you all the way to the town. So you need to head to the nearest city Ica, and take a 10-minute cab from there. It should cost around 10 Sol ($2 USD). When booking buses in Peru you can book online with BusBud however you will pay a premium. Or simply head to the bus station the day before your trip and buy a ticket. They won’t sell you one before that. Buses run multiple times daily to Ica along the following routes:
- Bus from Lima to Huacachina (Ica) – Cost: $15 USD+ | Time needed: 5 hours.
- Arequipa to Huacachina (Ica) bus – Cost: $20 USD+ | Time needed: 12 hours.
- Bus from Paracas to Huacachina (Ica) – Cost: $5 USD+ | Time needed: 2 hours.
- Cusco to Huacachina (Ica) bus – Cost: $30 USD+ | Time needed: 17 hours.
Getting To Huacachina via Peru Hop
PeruHop is also another option. However, you can’t just catch a bus at a time. You have to have to buy your entire route first. But then you have flexibility on the days you travel. It’s also more expensive than taking local buses. But they offer discounts on hostels and it’s a great way to meet other travellers.
Taking a Day Trip From Nasca To Go Sandboarding In Peru
It is also possible to take a day trip from Nasca go sandboarding in Huacachina, which will set you back about $50 USD.
Where To Stay In Huacachina
As it’s the closest spot Huacachina is definitely the best place to stay when sandboarding in Peru. From budget Huacachina hostels to cute boutique Huacachina hotels there are so many great places to stay in Huacachina Peru. Here are my picks for Huacachina accommodation.
Desert Nights Hostel Huacachina
Banana’s Adventure Hostel Huacachina
Desert Nights Ecocamp
Huacachinero Hotel Huacachina
What Does Sandboarding In Huacachina Cost?
The Huacachina sandboarding price for tours varies greatly. They can start from as high as $114 S. (or $35 USD) per person. This all depends on the kind of Huacachina sand buggy you take, whether it’s a private tour or a group tour and who you book with. We managed to find a tour for $30 S. ($10 USD) per person. However, our buggy definitely wasn’t top of the range. The best way to get the best price for sandboarding in Huacachina is to shop around and then bargain.
How To Book Huacachina Sandboarding Tours
You can book your sandboarding in Huacachina at any of the tourism agencies. Or like us, if you’re not it any rush head out onto the main street find a driver and negotiate your price.
What To Expect Sandboarding In Peru
1. Finding a Huacachina Sandboarding Tour
When we came to do our sandboarding in Peru we definitely weren’t organised. We’d been having too much fun doing all the things to do in Huacachina (e.g. partying.) So we left it until the last minute and at 3 pm one afternoon we decided to head out and see if we could find someone to take us. We came across a local sitting in a dune buggy on the side of the road and decided to ask him. After a short negotiation (we got them down to $10 USD each) we were lead to our buggy. We were told we were lucky enough to have a ‘private tour’. Unfortunately, this meant we were in a tiny 4 seater buggy that looked like it had driven over one too many sand dunes.
2. Dune Buggying in Huacachina
As the driver started the engine we quickly pulled on our aged seat belts and started driving up the Huacachina sand dunes. No sooner had we started the engine stalled and we stopped again. Take-two, however, was more successful and we started slowly but surely climbing the first super steep and incredibly tall sand dune.
From here our sandboarding in Peru experience is all a bit of a blur. But it was pretty much like the scariest roller coaster of my life. While we yelled and screamed expletives I won’t repeat our driver pushed the old buggy to its limits. Taking us to the tops of the steepest dunes, lingering there for a second, and then flying down the other side like a madman. The buggy’s wheels left the safety of the sand multiple times as did my heart from my chest.
3. Sandboarding in Huacachina
After experiencing this surprising fun glimpse of hell for about 30 minutes we stopped for our first attempt at sandboarding. Being the hopeless snowboarder I am I opted out of standing up and went down on my stomach. Which was actually really fun. My friends, however, showed their bravery and attempted the dune standing. They did really well. I guess they were really sand surfing Peru. Following the sandboarding, we all piled back into the buggy and set off slashing around the Huacachina sand dunes again. After 10 minutes we came to our second boarding spot and took on the dunes again.
After another 15 minutes of the stomach-churning rollercoaster ride, it was time for our adventure to end. Our driver dropped us at one of the sand dunes near the town where we were able to watch the sunset over the Huacachina desert.
- If you’re wondering what to wear sandboarding. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes. Otherwise, you’ll get sand burn while you’re sandboarding in Huacachina.
- Don’t bring any valuables with you while you’re sand dune surfing. Everything you’re wearing/carrying will be filled with sand. I brought along my phone which was fine in the end after some vigorous dusting.
- Wear sunglasses while you’re sandboarding in South America. You will definitely end up with sand in your eyes if you don’t.
- If you’re going to go sandboarding in Peru make sure you have travel insurance. While we made it home safely from the Huacachina sand dunes Peru. It can be very dangerous, with accidents happening quite often. So make sure you’re covered with good travel insurance.
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