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Population : ~100 inhabitants
Altitude : 410 m
Distance :
   Ica : 5 km
   Lima : 314 km
   Arequipa : 713 km
   Cusco : 764 km
   Piura : 1294 km
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Huacachina

Overview
The Huacachina Lagoon is part of an oasis located 5 kilometers from the city of Ica. Surrounded by some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, Huacachina offers a beautiful and cool landscape in the middle of the Ica desert. Ideal to relax, it is also known for its full-speed dune rides on a buggy called "arenero". Surrounded by immense dunes several hundred meters high, one can imagine being in Northern Africa or in the Middle East, only caravans of camels are missing ! You can go down these dunes on a sandboard, a device similar to a snowboard. But Huacachina is not only a place full of adrenaline, it has a charming promenade where you can go out for a walk, stop for lunch or have a drink at one of the quiet restaurants around the lagoon. Thanks to groundwater infiltration, palm trees and huarangos (tree native to the region of Ica) grew around the lagoon, adding a refreshing taste to the oasis as well as shade during the hottest days of the year. It is also a stopover for the migrating birds that pass by this region.

The golden age of the oasis took place between 1920 and 1950, when rich people came from throughout the region to bathe in its waters, said to have medicinal properties. Over time, the bathing resort has deteriorated but it still has a successful special environment. Currently, there are only two buildings that are witnesses of this glorious past : Hotel Mossone, preferred place of President Augusto B. Leguia, and Hotel Salvatierra, where artists such as Servulo Gutierrez lodged (there is an exhibition with several works of the artist).

Close to the lagoon there are hotels of all sorts of prices, from a shared room to the most luxurious hotel. In general, they all have a swimming pool. The large number of restaurants surrounding the lagoon offer dishes and menus at very reasonable prices. It is an ideal place to rest and relax for a couple of days, a welcomed pause with sunshine all year round.
Tourist attractions and activities
Arenero en las DunasBuggy and sandboarding in Huacachina
The tour in buggy through the dunes of Huacachina offers a perfect blend of adrenaline and pure excitement in the beautiful Ica desert. It is also a good opportunity to make sandboarding in the dunes.
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Altitude
410 m
Weather
Huacachina, like its neighbor Ica, capital of the department, has a hot desert climate due to its location in the middle of the Peruvian coastal desert. Unlike other regions of the Peruvian coast, there is sunshine all year round, even during the winter months. Moreover, there is almost no rainfall. In summer (from November to April), the maximum temperature can reach up to 32ºC during the day and drop up to 18ºC during the night, whereas in winter the temperature can reach up to 25ºC and drop up to 9ºC. During the summer months, the "paracas" (strong winds) add a pleasant cooling feeling to this Ica oven.

Table with minimum and maximum temperatures, and rainfall in Ica :

ICA J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max 26 27 27 26 23 23 22 18 19 20 22 24
Min 19 21 21 20 18 19 18 16 16 16 18 19
mm 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

In degrees Fahrenheit :

ICA J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max 80 81 80 79 74 73 71 65 67 68 72 75
Min 66 70 69 67 65 65 65 60 61 61 64 66
mm 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0


Weather in Ica

How to get there ?
How to get to Huacachina ?

The nearest city is Ica.

From the center of Ica :

By taxi : 15 minutes
Hotels in Huacachina
Where to sleep in Huacachina ? Hotels and backpackers in Huacachina :
Complete list of hotels
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Restaurants in Huacachina
Where to eat in Huacachina ? Restaurants in Huacachina :
Complete list of restaurants
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Pubs and clubs in Huacachina
Where to go out in Huacachina ? Pubs and clubs in Huacachina :
Complete list of pubs and clubs
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Travel agencies and tours in Huacachina
What tour to hire in Huacachina ? Travel agencies and tours in Huacachina (buggy in the dunes, sandboarding, wineries tour) :

Desert AdventuresDesert Adventures
We are the first and most experienced tour operator for adventure tours in buggy in the desert of Ica. We also have tours of wineries and to the Ballestas Islands. Full adrenaline or relaxing trip, we have tours for everyone !
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Complete list of tours
To see all the agencies with tours in buggy and sandboarding, you can click here.
To see all the agencies with tours in the Huacachina Oasis, you can click here.

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