The Best Restaurants in Huacachina, Peru

The Huacachina Oasis, in the desert sand dunes near the city of Ica, Peru © Marktucan / Shutterstock
The Huacachina Oasis, in the desert sand dunes near the city of Ica, Peru © Marktucan / Shutterstock
Photo of Harry Stewart
19 January 2018

A lush desert oasis surrounded by rows of majestic sand dunes, Huacachina is a hit with both Peruvian tourists and foreign backpackers alike. And where there are tourists, there are restaurants, meaning this charming little town has no shortage of quality places to eat. Here are the best.

Desert Nights

Hotel Restaurant, Dessert Shop, Italian, American, Dessert, Vegetarian
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Perched on top of a happening hostel, Desert Nights is a sure-fire place to meet up with other backpackers as you dine on their international a la carte menu. All the usual favorites such as sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas are on offer, while their Peruvian coffee is particularly good too.

La Casa de Bamboo

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Asian, Middle Eastern
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La Casa de Bamboo
La Casa de Bamboo | Courtesy of La Casa de Bamboo

A little hard to find as it’s off the main strip, La Casa de Bamboo is well worth the walk for travelers craving an exotic Asian fix. Menu items include things like curries and falafel, which are pretty damn good considering you’re in the middle of the desert in Peru.

Restaurant Hospedaje MAYO

Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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For some hearty Peruvian fare at rock bottom prices, head to Mayo Ica where the huge daily lunch special goes for just 15 PEN (US$4.60), a bargain by Huachachina standards. The ceviche is particularly good, although there at least six items each day meaning there’s something for everyone’s taste.

Nuna Cocina Bar

Restaurant, Peruvian, Chinese, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
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Peruvian chaufa
Peruvian chaufa | © young shanahan/Flickr

Another budget local eatery, the filling set menus here cost 18 PEN (US$5.50) which is only marginally more than those of the aforementioned Mayo. As an added bonus, numerous chifa options adorn the menu, the best of which is the chaufa (fried rice).

Huacafuckingchina Restobar

Bar, Peruvian, Italian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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A Huachachina institution, this rather rudely-named establishment is a chilled out restaurant by day and a pumping nightclub once the sun goes down. Featuring the most modern décor in town, HFC is also a hit for the affable staff who do their best to keep tourists coming back for more. Their pizzas and seafood with rice are particularly worthy of attention.

Wild Olive Trattoria & Guest House

Hotel Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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As the best—if not the only—Italian pizzeria in town, Wild Olive is a hit for its authentic thick-dough pizzas with oodles of cheese and a generous portion of tasty toppings. Be sure to grab a table on the outdoor patio, which has unbeatable views of the lagoon. Creamy lasagne and other pasta dishes are available too.