A 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.