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Huacachina – The Extraordinary Desert Oasis In Peru

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Huacachina , possibly shortened from hidden Lagoon is the only desert oasis in Peru, South America. The place has a permanent population of only 100 people but hosts tens of thousands of tourists annually.

The locals believe that the water and the mud of the area are therapeutic while the mystical oasis attracts travellers from all around the world. The green emerald water is a sight to behold. With a beautiful climate, friendly people and dreamy sunsets, this small oasis has a lot to offer.


 

Sandboard and Dune Buggy

The most popular tourist activity of Huacachina is the sandboard and dune buggy. The tour begins with a ride in a dune buggy which moves rapidly up and down the marvellous dunes. The tourists who have experienced this ride call it a roller coaster. Then you get the chance to try sandboarding, an adventure sport getting popular by the day. It is similar to snowboarding and if you feel that it is getting too difficult for you, you can just lie down on the board and go sand sledding. Travel tip- take the 4 pm tour which is the best time to catch the most beautiful sunsets at the end.

 

 

The Nazca Lines

If you are constantly driven by curiosity to explore unique and mysterious places, then the Nazca Lines would satisfy your hunger. Visible only from high up, The Nazca lines contain more than 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures and 70 animal and plant designs. A 30-minute flight helps you view all these great designs, so it’s comfortable for people of all ages. While you’re in Nazca, do enjoy the museums, the cemetery, and a serene walk through the main square.

 

 

Pisco Vineyard

A strong drink called Pisco is the national drink of Peru. This Peruvian brandy is produced in Ica desert. A wine tour would take you to a family-run winery where Pisco and red wine are produced. You can observe the fermentation of crushed grapes in clay jars, locally called botijas and hear stories of how the wine was created in the colonial era. You get to experience the rich taste of wine and Pisco and have lunch at local restaurants located there which serve Iquena food.

 
 

Ballestas Islands

The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands in the Pisco Province in the Ica Region. The islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna including the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed bird, and the tendril. Take a tour boat from Paracas to Ballestas Islands to see sea lions, penguins and lots of birds all in their natural habitat. Lastly, Relax because where else would you get a natural oasis and breathtaking views?

 
 

Best time to visit

Huacachina has pleasant weather all year long. However, if you plan to bathe in the sun and enjoy the oasis, the ideal time is December to March, since these are the hottest months. If you’re planning to hike, then May to November would be more suitable when the average temperature is a little cooler.

 

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