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Day trip to Huacachina then night bus to Arequipa

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Day trip to Huacachina then night bus to Arequipa


I am trying to fit Huacachina into my tight 16-day Peru trip in November 2015. Is it possible to take the early morning bus to Ica/Huacachina, visit the oasis and the sandboarding/dune buggy activity, then take a night bus to Arequipa from Ica/Huacachina? If yes, what is the best way to go about this? Is it better to go with a travel company or can this be done on our own? Any recommended travel companies/bus companies that will allow me to fit in Huacachina into my travel plan?

Many thanks in advance,

Michelle L.

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1. Re: Day trip to Huacachina then night bus to Arequipa

To tight

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2. Re: Day trip to Huacachina then night bus to Arequipa

It isn't too tight. He just doesn't like bus travel.

You can do this the entire way booking your own tickets on Cruz del Sur, if you want.

Morning bus from Lima to Ica

Around 6:40 pm, the bus from Ica to Nazca (this gives you the full day in Ica/Huacachina)

From Nazca there are several overnight buses to Arequipa, starting at 10 pm.

To get from Ica to Huacachina, is a short taxi ride.

You can contact an agency in Huacachina about the times for the dune buggies, but typically they are at 10, 1 and 4pm (sunset tour). I think even taking the sunset tour you should be able to make the 6:40 pm bus. If you're going over a busy weekend or holiday it might be good to book the dune buggy ahead of time.

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3. Re: Day trip to Huacachina then night bus to Arequipa

Hi there !

you can do much more.

Bus from Lima to Ica, its about 5hrs (cruz del sur pls), then from Ica to Huacachina its 5 minutes and cost its 3 USD.

In Huacachina you can:

1. Do the winery tour.

2. Dunebuggy tour and sandboarding.

* You can take the tours with a hostels and they will provide you showers a swiming pool. Because you will be full of sand.

After, Departures from Ica to Arequipa: 7pm, 9pm, 10pm.

Companies: Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Tepsa.

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