If I made a list of the Peru tourist places that one needs to visit, surely most would put Machu Picchu at the top of the list. Followed by the Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon. These are the most common destinations that are worth visiting. Now how many of you have snowboarded in your life? Quite a few, right? But how many have tried sandboarding? Not too much, usually. However, you are really missing something! In the Huacachina desert, you can enjoy this activity. Huacachina is home to the largest sand dunes in South America. It is located just 2 hours from the coastal city of Paracas. If you have the opportunity to try sandboarding in Huacachina, we assure you that you will not regret it. Unlike snowboarding, you don’t need experience to sandboard. For this reason, together with the experts of Cusco Peru Travel, we have prepared an article with the most important details of this activity.
Experience sandboarding in Huacachina and other incredible activities
To get to Huacachina you usually start in Lima. From there, a roughly 6-hour bus ride along the Pacific coast will first take you to Paracas in the Ica region. If you have a few days, visit the Paracas National Reserve. The area of approximately 335.00 hectares is a treasure trove of native flora and fauna. It is the oldest marine reserve in Peru that also contains archaeological sites of the pre-Inca culture of Paracas. Apart from that, you will find beautiful beaches with geological formations. The best thing is to spend a full day in Paracas, to fully enjoy this charming destination. Also located are the Ballestas Islands that inhabit several different species of birds, as well as Humboldt penguins, the South American sea lion, sea lions, and many more. A boat trip of about 2 and a half hours takes you there to spend time observing wildlife.
From Paracas, it is only a trip of around 1 hour and a half to the town of Ica. From there, it is a short taxi ride to Huacachina. Surrounded by sand dunes, the Huacachina Oasis seems to have been taken out of an image: a lagoon surrounded by trees and a small town in the middle of nowhere. Once there, it is super easy to find a place that offers sandboarding in Huacachina.
Today, Huacachina is gaining more and more attention and popularity, and with good reason. Whether you want to take a short trip or are planning luxury tours in Peru, many travel agencies put sandboarding in Huacachina on the list of the best tourist activities in Peru.
Huacachina is definitely one of the best destinations to enjoy summer in Peru. That is why it is low in our Top 10 of the best tours in Peru. Among which you can also find Machu Picchu, of course, the Inca Trail, the Sacred Valley, Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos in the Amazon, Lima, and more. Be sure to visit as much as you can to enjoy the best experience of this magical country.
“ADVENTURES ARE THE BEST WAY TO LEARN.”
We hope together with the experts from Cusco Peru Travel to have helped you a little. Sandboarding in Huacachina is an adventure activity that you have to experience at least once in your life. If you want to know more about our adventure tours around Peru, do not hesitate to consult with our advisors. They will be happy to help you with all the details about your next trip.