Photo of the Week: Daydreaming in Peru’s Massive Sandbox

Daydreaming in the giant sand dunes of Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina is a stunning desert oasis on the coast of Peru, located just outside the city of Ica, about 4.5 hours south of Lima and 10 hours from Arequipa (by tourist class bus). As the photo illustrates, it’s quite the sand box!

The sand dunes stretch for miles in every direction, which wasn’t the environment we expected to experience while traveling around Peru. After all, Peru has the mighty Andes Mountain range AND the Amazon Rainforest – so the last thing we expected to see were giant sand dunes?

We hiked to the top of this massive dune to witness the sunset from the highest viewpoint in Huacachina. It’s quite the workout hiking up the side of a sand dune, so this magical view was earned!

Read more: There’s so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu


Have you visited giant sand dunes before? What did you think?
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