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Huacachina is a small Peruvian oasis town that is very popular among younger backpackers on the gringo trail. The pretty village, that is mainly hotels and cafes, is located around a small oasis surrounded by towering sand dunes. Most people come for a day or two but some longer. The main activities include hanging around the pool at a hotel, drinking at a hotel bar till 5:00 in the morning, then hitting up a sand board the next day.
After Arriving in Ica the only way to get to Huacachina is by taxi and it is usually 3 to 6 Sols depending on the time of day and how nice the taxi is. Remember the bus stop in Ica is not nice and is the kind of place where you should keep a close eye on your bags. For leaving town taxi's seem to collect at the entrance to town.
The town is small, very small. It is actually more a of a village. The road forms a U around the hotels around the spring and then there is a walking road around the oasis itself.
|Banana's Adventure||Calle Angela de Perotti s/n||HOSTEL||82|
|Casa de Arena||Av. Angela de Perotti S/N Balneario de Huacachina Ica||HOSTEL||76|
|Desert Nights Hostelling International||Boulevard de Huacachina s/n||Hostel||79|
|Hostel Del Barco||Huacachina 180||HOSTEL||-|
|Desert Nights Apartment||Main Pedestrian Boulevard||APARTMENT||-|
|Carola del Sur||Angela de Perotti s/n.||HOTEL||-|
Several of the hotel offer overpriced internet that is slow.
See also International Telephone Calls
Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or a company like DHL which is faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive. UPS for some reason is much more expensive in Peru!
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