Huacachina, Peru

An Oasis In The Peruvian Desert

Huacachina. Image: William Justen de Vasconcellos, Unsplash.
Huacachina. Image: William Justen de Vasconcellos, Unsplash.

Peru is a very diverse country, it has a rich culture, with influences from the Incas and Spanish colonizers. It also stands out for its landscapes, which vary from lakes, deserts and mountains with snowy peaks. Among the highlights, we can mention the oasis of Huacachina.

But after all, why, among the many attractions in Peru, does Huacachina deserve your attention? In order to clarify this issue, in addition to raising several important information about the place, we made this brief article especially for you. Keep reading and find out all about the place!

Facts about Huacachina

Image: Jared Schwitzke, Unsplash.
Image: Jared Schwitzke, Unsplash.

Huachina is a small Peruvian village, built around an oasis in the middle of the Sechura Desert, located in western Peru and comprises a region that extends from central Peru to the Pacific coast. Despite being inserted in the desert, the village is only 5 km from the city of Ica.

In this way, it is not difficult to reach this small village. In addition, for those who want to visit the site but not be fully immersed, there is the possibility of visiting the region and returning to the city of Ica daily. Each year, the region has been receiving more tourists and gaining prominence.

What to do in Huacachina

Image: Vedoble Dx, Unsplash.
Image: Vedoble Dx, Unsplash.

These are the main attractions of this village:

  • Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum;
  • Los Perdidos Canyon;
  • Wineries.

Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum

The Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum is located near the Plaza de Armas in the city of Ica. Thus, it has a privileged location. It is one of the main museums in the city, as it contains various items from the Ica civilization, one of the first peoples to occupy the region, before the Incas and Spaniards.

The main elements found are carved stones and other objects in carved stones. An unmissable tour for lovers of history, culture and those curious about ancient peoples that inhabited South America!

Los Perdidos Canyon

Image: Adele Beausolei, Unsplash.
Image: Adele Beausolei, Unsplash.

Despite not being exactly in Huacachina, but on the outskirts of the city of Ica, this tour is worth it, especially for adventurers and nature lovers.

This attraction consists of a geological formation built over thousands of years by the wind. Access to the site is very difficult, in addition to being about three hours away from Ica. Thus, it is necessary to dedicate a whole day to travel to this place.

It is also worth noting that the path to the Canyon has precarious signage and that there are reports of robberies in the middle of the desert. In this way, it is important to hire local agencies specialized in making this route, in order to make your trip safer.


Image: Sandra Gabriel, Unsplash.
Image: Sandra Gabriel, Unsplash.

Not everyone knows, but Peru also produces high quality wines. And the Ica region has some outstanding wineries in the Sechura Desert region.

The temperature and humidity conditions give the region’s wine a very characteristic flavor, one that provides an excellent experience for you, whether you are a great wine connoisseur or just a curious person.

Among the tips for wineries, Tacama stands out, which received several international awards throughout the year. In addition, it is the oldest winery in South America!

Another important point to highlight is that the winery has a monastery and a structure with several centuries of existence. The resort’s guides are very helpful and tell you all the history of the region.

Therefore, Huacachina is an important destination that you must include in your travel itinerary in Peru. The oasis in the middle of the desert offers a unique experience. In addition, the region has excellent infrastructure to receive you. And you, what are you waiting for to visit Huacachina?

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