Sandboarding in the Desert!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
Trip End Feb 21, 2005

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

After getting back from the Ballestas Islands, we hopped on a bus to a dsert oasis town ( I forgot the name of it) On the drive there all you could see was sand dunes and the occasional little house sitting in the middle of the desert. There wasnt any plant life or animals at all. There were also some small villages that consisted of mostly square brick houses that were really small (probably about the size of an average living room) and some of the houses were made of wood slats weaved together. Some of the houses had brick on the front and wood on the back. Most of the smaller houses I have seen so far all have metal poles on the top so people can build a second floor once the need more room and/or once and they can afford it. All of the villages had a cafe or two off of the highway. When the bus stooped at any of these places people would always come up to the windows of the bus to sell food to the passengers. The oasis was in a small town that was a stark contrast to the desert around it. There were trees and grass and this big lake right in the middle of town. But if you looked in any direction, all you could see was sand dunes. We went to a small hotel and spent about 4 hours playing frisbee in the pool and drinking beer. The hotel staff had a BBQ for us (but no worries, there was lots of vegetarian food and really good fruit). After the BBQ we got into 4WD vehicles and went off driving around the sands dunes. We were going about 100km an hour and driving up and down sand dunes that were really high. After we did that for a while we went sandboarding. Which is kinda like snowboarding except in sand. It was really hard at first but after a few tiems trying I could stay on my feet most of the way down. Im going to be picking sand out of my belly button for the next 6 month though. We then drove to Nazca for the night and stayed at a renovated farmhouse outside the town.
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