Huacachina Hotels

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  • Reviews: 2

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Hostel Rocha: Worst Hostel Manager Ever

This hostel, while cheap with a pool & poolside bar, never had toilet paper and the shower curtain was covered in mold. But worse was the manager. He pressured us to use him for sandboarding. When we did, he reneged on the negotiated price, his driver was 30 minutes late and he put us in a sandbuggy that was clearly having problems. The sandbuggy broke down three times, they finally replaced it with one that didn't have enough seats or working seat belts, and they cut our time short. The manager then said he'd refund the money and later denied this. He was manipulative, lying, rude, disrespectful, and condescending. It was the worst tourist/business transaction experience I've ever encountered.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Desert, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written September 10, 2009

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  • blmahoney profile photo blmahoney
  • Reviews: 2

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Hostel Rochi: Worst Hostel Manager Ever

This hostel, while cheap with a pool & poolside bar, never had toilet paper and the shower curtain was covered in mold. But worse was the manager. He pressured us to use him for sandboarding. When we did, he reneged on the negotiated price, his driver was 30 minutes late and he put us in a sandbuggy that was clearly having problems. The sandbuggy broke down three times, they finally replaced it with one that didn't have enough seats or working seat belts, and they cut our time short. The manager then said he'd refund the money and later denied this. He was manipulative, lying, rude, disrespectful, and condescending. It was the worst tourist/business transaction experience I've ever encountered.

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  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Desert, Adventure Travel
  • Written September 10, 2009

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  • chrissycoleman profile photo chrissycoleman
  • Reviews: 1

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Desert Nights: Hostelling International-Desert Nights

This place rocks. The people here became close friends in such a short period of time and The rooms were basic but clean. It was one of the best dorms Ive seen on my trip and very clean. Great view, great food, and the dune buggy tour here was awesome

Huge patio overlooking the lake

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Desert, Adventure Travel, Backpacking
  • Written March 31, 2009

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  • Zanzibargirl profile photo Zanzibargirl
  • Reviews: 354

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Huacachina Dunes: Desert Dune Camping

If you have a large enough group and would like to get out into the wilderness, you can arrange to actually stay out in the dunes after a day buggying and sandboarding. You will need your own tents (or have a tour operator happy to provide and let you do this). Just ask at the El Huacachinero Campsite when you book the buggy. Cost to do this depends on numbers and they will arrange food for a barbecue in the dunes to feed you. Nothing better than lighting a bonfire in the middle of the desert with nothing but stars, a few drinks, laughs and smiles. The whole experinence for us was finished with a few fireworks let off into the night sky.

Bonfire and fireworks that they let off in the middle of the dunes.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Desert, Budget Travel, Camping
  • Written April 24, 2008
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Our group around the Bonfire

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  • Zanzibargirl profile photo Zanzibargirl
  • Reviews: 354

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

El Huacachinero Hostel and Campground: An Oasis amidst the Desert dunes

Located right at the edge of the sand dunes, El Huacachinero offers both camping and hostel facilities. The site has a swimming pool, 3 hot showers with toilets, bar, hammocks, 2 noisy parrots which will talk and are guaranteed to you a wake up call in the morning and a Macaw. They also have their own jeeps used for buggying and sandboarding trips in the nearby dunes.

Sandboarding and Dunes right at the doorstep.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Camping, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written April 9, 2008
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El Huacachinero Hostal/Campsite

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  • adelinemmc profile photo adelinemmc
  • Reviews: 247

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Hostal El Barco: Cheap hostel right next to the lake

Small chilled family hostel directly on the lake. We had a double room on the ground floor, sharing our bathroom with a twin room. More rooms were arranged on the first floor, sharing another bathroom.

This is a good place to stay if you do not feel like staying in the more lively hostels. Staff a bit clueless but helpful in their own way.

Self catering kitchen with fridge and a few ustensils.

Chilled terrace overlooking the laguna with hammocks.

Quieter than other backbacker hostels.

Hot water at all times.

Forget the swimming pool advertised, it's very small and not really clean.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written June 20, 2006
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  • gonzo747 profile photo gonzo747
  • Reviews: 277

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casa de arena: Great party place

This was a really nice place to stay. Every night you could join the barbeque with some free drinks. There was a bar, hammocks and a pool.
The prices where 10 soles (dorm), 15 soles (room without bath), 20 soles (room with bath)

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written January 13, 2006
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fun at the bar


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  • Rishin_P profile photo Rishin_P
  • Reviews: 21

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Casa De Arena: casa de arena

This place is at the base of a huge sand dune and is a great place to relax and unwind for a few days.

Sand boards are available to use for free and the hostel also has a swimming pool with a bar just next to it.

The guys who manage the hostel are extremely helpful and helped us organise our trips to the Ballestas Islands as well as transport to Nazca and flight over the Nazca lines for a very reasonable price.

The cost of a bed was roughly 10 soles (3 USD)

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written August 1, 2005
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Sand dune behind hostel


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  • Rickman77 profile photo Rickman77
  • Reviews: 56

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Casa de Arena: Huacachina´s Party Spot

This is a fairly average hostel as far as bathrooms and bedrooms are concerned. The real reason everyone comes here though is to sit by the pool with a good drink or a good book and get some sun.

A fun atmosphere for young travelers.

Nightly bar-b-ques, sometimes mild, sometimes a bit rowdy. Depends on the crowd.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written June 5, 2005

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  • JohnMJ profile photo JohnMJ
  • Reviews: 34

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Hotel Mossone: The Best Hotel In Huacachina

This is a beautiful hotel on the lake. Built in old style colonial. Tiles throughout. More staff here than guests, you are truly pampered. This place cost more than others here, but for what you get it is a remarkable bargain. $60 per night for double including taxes and breakfast. In the States this place would cost in the hundreds of dollars. It was very hard to leave here.

Rooms open up to a beautiful courtyard with fountain, flowers, birds, even a turtle. THe rooms are large and very nice, with full bath, TV, small refrigerator, in room safe, air conditioning, cross ventilation. Room comes with breakfast which is served in the veranda overlooking the lake. Breakfast is full American breakfast and service is five star. The pool area is beautiful, I thought I was in a $300/night resort. The restaurant looked elegant but we ate elsewhere as probably expensive.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Spa and Resort
  • Written November 20, 2004
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Hotel Mossone Overlooking Lake


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  • schlumpf profile photo schlumpf
  • Reviews: 384

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Hotel Huarango: The best and the cheapest Guesthouse!!!

This amazing and beautifull place is absolutely clean. further then more, the staff is very nice and with a supreme attention on your needs.
It is located in very near to wacachina sand sunes and they can also provide a privat car or whatever you need, like sandboards, taxi and so on..
It costs just 6USD for a double room, completely clean, with privat bath and shower.
The only invconvenient, in a way, is that is alway FULL, so it would be better to check the availabilities first.
Where would you find a GH with swimming pool, jacuzi and that view???
This is absolutely my reccomandation!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Desert, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written October 21, 2004
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  • darthmilmo profile photo darthmilmo
  • Reviews: 1920

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Casa de Arena: Casa de Arena

Friendly guest house with plenty of rooms(don't worry, the buildings are not made out of sand).

The place offers a bar, a swiming pool, a volley-ball court, sand-board rentals, a restaurant, and more!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written November 11, 2002
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Scene outside Huacachina


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