For thrill seeking and bold tourists, we recommend heading away from Lima and visit Huacachina. Known as ‘the oasis of America’, the famous lush oasis in the desert has quite a folktale behind it; but it is not the mermaid from the lagoon that draws in the majority of the crowds.
The desert of Huacachina entices men, women and children of all ages to climb aboard the dune buggies or slide down the dunes on sandboards. Unlike snowboarding, no experience is required; you can literally lie down on your stomach and ride the sand dunes to the bottom where your buggy driver will be waiting to take you to the next dune. Then repeat twice more, each time the size of the dune gradually increases.
Note that the sand dunes in Huacachina are huge and buggies go fast – very fast; together they ensure quite an adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster-like experience.
This tour is one of the most popular in the area and even rivals the Pisco tours in nearby Ica.
A local legend attributes special healing powers to the mud and the water in the area for curing all manner of ailments including arthritis, asthma and rheumatism.
If you think the oasis looks and sounds familiar, then you may be surprised to learn that the image of the Huacachina Oasis is actually on the Peruvian 50 Nuevo Sol note.
The sand dunes in Huacachina are inspiring and offer a truly out of this world experience. A rare opportunity to have a personalised and unique tour of the desert.