Best place to stay in Paracas or Huacachina, Peru
This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. I just completed a short stay in Paracas, Peru.
While in this part of Peru, you must visit the Paracas National Reserve and nearby Huacachina.
You could stay in Paracas while you visit Paracas, and then stay in Huacachina when you visit Huacachina. But we stayed in Paracas and took a day tour to Hucachina. Having visited both areas now, I will give a short description of areas and then make recommendations. If you select one of the places I recommend below, you will pay nothing extra, but they will pay me a small commission.
Pisco, Peru: This is a smaller town in Peru without the colonial charms you will find in other places. If you are curious how Peruvians actually live in smaller coastal towns of Peru (not catering mostly to tourism), you can stay here. On the day I searched, you could get your own room with private bath in a hostel here for about $25 per night
Paracas, Peru: Paracas is a tourist area focused mainly on tourism. This is where you want to be if you are looking for tourist-focused restaurants, nightlife, and activities all within walking distance. On the day I searched, you could get this backpacker hostel for $14 per night, this moderate hotel for $20 per night, or this high-end hotel for $125 per night.
Huacachina, Peru: Huacachina is a small desert oasis 10 minutes by car from central Ica, Peru. This little oasis was one of my favorite places in Peru. It is focused almost completely on tourism, but the oasis and surrounding desert are so charming, the tourism is unlikely to bother even the most culturally focused traveler. We stayed in the Paracas area and booked day tours to Huacachina. But if I did it again, I would stay in Huacachina and book a day tour to Paracas. I loved the desert oasis of Huacachina. On the day I searched, you could stay in Huacacina in this backpacker hostel for $7 per night, you could stay in this moderate hotel for $27 per night, or this nicer hotel for $60 per night.
Airbnb (Room in a House): This is where we stayed in the San Andreas area of Paracas for about $20 per night. The Pacific Ocean is literally across the street. The listing is for a room in a 3 bedroom house, but we were the only ones living there at the time, so we had the whole house to ourselves. The host Beatriz said that happens often. The Internet was great and the kitchen is fully equipped, so I was able to catch up on projects mostly and cook some nice meals. The neighborhood was okay to walk during the day, but at night we took a collectivo up and down the coast to Pisco and Paracas for $0.50 per person. Make sure to have Mexican food at Beatriz’s restaurants in Pisco. Also, we booked our tours through a family friend of Beatriz and saved a bunch of money. (If you are new to Airbnb, use this code www.airbnb.com/c/dbell50 for a discount).
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