Huacachina - Peru


Mystery Peru takes you to visit the city of Ica and the Huacachina Oasis in the southern part of Peru. Our program includes the visit to a traditional vineyard where locals prepare a strong spirit popular known as Pisco. Here you can learn the old method of making Pisco and also taste a variety of drinks. We also take you to visit a spectacular museum that displays ancient remains and mummified corpses from advance cultures that thrived in the region about 2000 years ago. Finally we take you to visit Huacachina, a beautiful oasis surrounded by big sand dunes. In Huacachina our clients will go for a ride in the desert aboard a dune buggy machine. Out in the desert you will be able to practice sandboarding and enjoy fantastic views.

Photo Gallery: Ica & the Huacachina Oasis.

Regional Museum of Ica Huacachina Oasis - Ica Sandboarding Dune Buggy - Huacachina

07:30 h. Our clients are picked up from their hotel in Lima and then travel by private transportation to the city of Ica, located in the south, some 4 hours away. Once we reach the city of Ica, we will start our tour with a guided visit to the Vineyards of Pisco. At the bodegas, as they are locally known, we will do a nice walking tour exploring with a local guide the premises where this delicious Peruvian drink is made. According to history this Brandy-like liquor was made since 1540 in Peru, and at this time it was known simply as a spirit drink, it was not till the XVII century that the grape brandy was baptized as Pisco. It is said that when the Incas arrived in this area around 1450th, they saw millions of sea birds at shore of the Pacific Ocean, near the bay of Paracas and they were so amazed, that they baptized the area with the name of Pisco, a Quechua word that means “bird” and that later would pass the name to the spirit. Here we will learn more details about this popular drink, visiting the whole vineyard, including the tasting room where you can try the different types of spirit the locals produce.
Later on, we will visit the Regional Museum of Ica, an interesting building that houses the remains of the ancient cultures that developed on the southern coast. We will start our visit, walking through the pre-Inca rooms, which display fine textiles from the Paracas people, wonderful pieces from the Nazca culture, featuring amazing musical instruments and great pictures of the Nazca Lines. Here we will also see some spectacular weapons and wood carvings from the Wari Empire, Ica Chincha and Inca culture. On the other side of the Museum, we will visit the anthropological room, which exhibits human remains from the same cultures mentioned above, featuring deformed skulls, cranial surgery practiced on ancient Peruvians, beautiful head-dresses, well preserve mummies, including babies and trophy heads. Afterwards we will drive southwest towards the Huacachina Oasis. In Huacachina we will have free time to walk around. Here we will also have lunch at a tourist restaurant.
15:00 h. You will be picked up from the restaurant by our local guide and afterwards we will start our dune buggy excursion to the desert of Huacachina. We will drive across the desert in a 4x4 buggy vehicle, and will make various stops along the way for pictures. The desert of Ica is the most beautiful in our country and offers stunning landscapes, not only of sand dunes, but also of the Huacachina lagoon, from above. There will be some points where you will have the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of one of most popular sports in Ica “Sandboarding”. Our driver will take you to the summit of some dunes, and from the very top you will be able to slide down. Before you start to sand surf, our guide/instructor will teach you specific techniques to ensure a safety ride. There are actually plenty spots to sandboard around Huacachina Oasis, with a wide variety of dunes, suitable for the very beginners, as well as for professional sand boarders. Bear in mind that on this tour you will not have to walk up the dunes to go for a second or a third ride, our driver will do all the lifting job for you. As you can see it will be very easy and cool.
17:00 hrs. We will return to Lima on our private transportation. We will be arriving in Lima around 21:00 hrs. Upon arrival our driver will drop you off at your hotel in Lima. End of the tour.

What is included ?

  • 07:30 hrs. Pick up from your hotel in Lima.
  • Transportation: Lima - Ica - Lima. (Transportation is shared with maximium of 6 people)
  • 12:00 hrs. Arrival in Ica. Visit to the vineyards of Pisco.
  • 12:30 hrs. Guided tour at the Regional Museum of Ica.
  • 13:30 hrs. Lunch on a tourist restaurant at the Huacachina Oasis.
  • 15:00 hrs. Dune Buggy & Sandboarding tour in Huacachina.
  • Professional driver & Entrance fees.
  • 17:00 hrs. Return to Lima.
  • 21:00 hrs. Arrival in Lima. Drop off at your hotel.

Note: Times are estimated, except the departure time.

What is not included?

  • Extras & gratuities.

Daily departures from Lima:

07:30 h.


  • On this tour you must bring light clothing, as the weather on the southern coast used to be very hot, especially in summer time (from December to March) when temperatures can reach 35 º C / 104 ºF sometimes.
  • We suggest to bring sun block to avoid sun burning, a hat, a bottle of water and sun glasses.

Additional information:

  • All your personal information is required at the moment of your booking.
  • Confirmation of the excursion will be received at time of booking.
  • All tours are operated in English unless otherwise stated.

Travel voucher:.

  • You will receive an electronic voucher via e-mail once your booking is confirmed.
  • For every confirmed booking you will be required to print your electronic voucher for presentation at the moment we start the excursion. The electronic voucher acts as a confirmation for all the services you request.

Local Operator Information:

  • We will send you complete operator information, including phone numbers at your destination.
  • Our Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.


Important: We need a minimum of 2 participants for this program.

We offer you great discounts.!!! We offer you the best service to plan the perfect group trip. We can organize bus tours, city tours, family trips and student travel. Let us know your needs, We can also arrange your air and ground transportation in Peru. We offer exciting travel opportunities to over 20 destinations in the land of the Incas. We are sensitive to your needs, taking into consideration budget, special features, places of interest and all factors which can make your trip memorable.