Photo of the Week: Peruvian Desert Oasis of Huacachina

Huacachina Village, Peru

The Village of Huacachina, a Desert Oasis on the coast of Peru

When one thinks of giant sand dunes and endless desert vistas, images of the Middle East or the mighty Sahara typically come to mind. So you can imagine our surprise when we stumbled on the village of Huacachina (pronounced WHA-KA-CHEE-NA), a funky desert oasis located south of Lima on the coast of Peru.

The laid back, bohemian village is built around a small natural lake, surrounded by massive yellow sand dunes. It feels like you’re inside the crater of a sand dune volcano – but with palm trees and paddle boats.

Huacachina has become a popular tourist destination for adrenaline junkies seeking the thrills of high speed dune buggy rides and sandboarding. It’s a great change of pace from the mountain treks and jungle excursions that Peru has become renowned for. It’s also a fun place to attend booze-fueled pool parties and get sun burnt.

It’s further proof that there’s so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu (but still go see Machu Picchu – it will blow your mind!)

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Peru

Desert oasis, Huacachina, Peru

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.