Just hurtling through. Huacachina, Peru

September 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

It’s not hard to see why Huacachina was once upon a time a playground for the rich and famous. A postage-stamp sized resort town, it is no more or less than two parallel streets which circle around a swampy lagoon. What is memorable about Huacachina is its location, plonked right at the centre of an unbroken ring of sand-dune mountains. It is, in every sense of the word from its waters to its palm trees and exotic flowers, an oasis.

While colonial buildings and inflated prices bear witness to previous greatness, it is clear that Huacachina is past its heyday. In the time we spent in town there wasn’t a single busy bar or restaurant – not that there are that many around – and not really a whole lot of fun to be had. Sure there were sand boarding and dune buggy tours on offer. Yes you can rent a boat and punt about the lagoon/pond for an hour. And there is no doubt that the sandy mountains were well worth climbing for sunset views but beyond a day on the dunes and some time by the pool, Huacachina doesn’t have that much appeal.

While the charming little oasis was a perfect stop off for us in our hurdle south, as high season comes to its conclusion in Peru and the flashpackers head back to university, I probably wouldn’t recommend it as more than a one or two-day stopover.

There are more photos from Huacachina available in the gallery

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