A Desert Oasis for the Adrenaline Junkie

Huacachina, Peru

Peru - Damany4 002A mere 4 hours south of rainy Lima sits this amazing oasis town, known to the locals as the “Land of Eternal Sun”.  Huacachina boasts barely 3″ of rain a year – a dramatic change from the cloud lined days of Peru’s capital city.

While small, this desert oasis has become a backpackers haven – offering cheap lodging, good food, and a plethora of activities in the surrounding areas.  The most obvious activity for the adrenaline seeking backpacker, of course, is sand boarding and dune buggying – something Damany and I quickly returned to Huacachina for a second dose of.  Nearby wineries offer wine and pisco tours, which make for a jolly day; and Paracas (the poor man’s Galapagos) is only about an hours ride from the oasis.

All of the hostels surrounding this small water hole are well priced, and offer “BBQs” with unlimited food and pisco sours, to entertain their guests by night – making Huacachina somewhat of a party town when the sun rests.  It’s kind of the perfectly balanced location for the curious traveler – offering relaxation by the nature of it’s size and location, as well as a number of highly popular activities and social events so that it’s almost difficult to get bored.

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Nate November 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hey, I found your blog by surfing the travel tags. wow, you’ve been to a lot of places. I’m leaving for Peru in 13 days now and I’ve been planning on getting to Huacachina for sure. Can’t wait!
Keep traveling and sharing your experiences,
Nate

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katrinamauro November 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Nate! So excited for you! Peru is definitely one of my favorite places thus far! I haven’t even scratched the surface of posts from Peru yet because things have been so hectic! Huacachina was one of the most relaxing and fun places in the country (yes it’s contradictory, but it’s true)! Here’s a link to my Peru collection on flickr, if you’re interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katrinamauro/collections/72157627805206114/

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Tobias November 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Never heard of this place before, but it looks and sounds like a fun place. I really wanna try sand boarding too…

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katrinamauro November 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Tobias – Sandboarding is sooooo epic! If I could start every day doing it, I would have perma-smile on my face! So much adrenaline, it’s wayyyyyyyyyy better than coffee!!!

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