Trip Start Feb 09, 2010
87Trip End Jan 22, 2011
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We arrived early in the morning after a very uncomfortable over-night bus journey that must have been along the worlds most twisty road. You couldnt get to sleep as you just kept being thrown from side to side. Anyway...we arrived a little scrambled. Luckily a taxi driver was waiting for tired gringos on the side of the road in Ica, ready to take us to the oasis town.
Upon arriving, our first choice of hostel was full, so we did a bit of walking around and managed to find a cheap one with swimming pool
The bread and butter of this town, and the only and main reason we came, is its dune buggying tours. We did a bit of shopping around on our first day, and got quotes of 45, 40, and 35 soles respectively. Whilst having breakfast, the owner came up to us and offered us a tour and we haggled him to 30 soles. Bargain!
It turned out to be one of the best choices we've made! We were picked up in a crazy looking vehicle that looked and sounded like something from Mad Max. The meaty engine can go FAST. Loaded and strapped in the back, our driver set off racing through the dunes at breakneck speeds and at angles that I didnt think were possible. We were thrown around like dolls in the back seat, it was really fantastic. There are sandboards in the back too, so after the first round of buggying you get taken to 3 little nursery dunes to practice with your boards. After rubbing a candle on the bottom, we soon got going, me and Zoe opting for the lying down approach as our previous attempts at standing up whilst boarding were less than successful. After mastering the lying down, we were taken to the main event. We got to board down 4 MASSIVE dunes
Apart from the sandboarding, we did little else in Huacachine. Whilst there though, we found out that Trailfinders had cancelled all of our flights from Miami onwards! After a lot of sorting out and frustrating phone calls, we also decided we would fly out of Bogota in Colombia instead of Lima, so are now heading further north than we had planned. We didn't feel the need to stay any longer in Huacachina and got the bus the following day to Pisco.