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.
Check out these past weekly travel photos:
- Spectacular views from the clifftop Village of Oia, Santorini
- The smallest airstrip we’ve landed on
- Check out the World’s Busiest Street Crossing
- Is this the World’s Most Unusual City?
- Searching for Wild Rhinos in the Jungles of Nepal
Have you visited Peru? What was your highlight?
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