Midnight at the Oasis?
Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel El Huacachinero Huacachina
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
After just over 4 hours on the bus we arrived safely at Ica. Got a taxi to the nearby oasis where we are staying. It was dark, and our room when we entered it was like an oven. Outside it was relatively cool. We had dinner by the pool, leaving our room to cool down. The wine, as ever appears to be expensive so we again opted for cocktails with our meal. I think I am getting a taste for Pina Coladas!
Though we had seen pictures of the place before nothing could quite have prepared us for our day ahead
Below me the pool and the restaurant. Nearby the gate from the grounds onto the adjoining sand dunes appeared to be locked. I recall it being open last night when we walked from the restaurant to our room. Annie awoke just before 5:30 and joined me on the covered walkway outside our room. Shortly afterwards a member of staff unlocked the gate and so we decided to climb the sand dune with the possibility of seeing yet another sun rise from the top (it being so early). Now when I say sand dune, unless you have seen them elsewhere you are not prepared for them. It had to be several hundred feet high, very steep and practically cascading into the grounds of our hotel.
Two steps up then sliding one step back in the ever moving sand we eventually made it and were not disappointed. Looking to the east we were, once again, rewarded with the sight of a sunrise. To the west the moon was still a good size, high in the sky. Across Ica there was a blanket of early morning mist, and below us our hotel and the oasis where we were staying
Though it was only around 6am there were plenty of others taking in the view, walking dogs, jogging. And looking away from Ica all we could see were endless sand dunes rising steeply up and down as far as you could see. The ealy morning sun casting spectacular colours and shadows across them.
After spending some time taking it all it we headed back down to our hotel jumping and sliding our way down the steep sand dune. I took advantage of the pool and we had breakfast after which we wandered around the oasis. It was already getting very hot in the sun, though in the shade it was pleasant with just a hint of a breeze. By the main square all the sand buggies were waiting for potential customers. We has seen pictures and decided it was something that we just had to experience. But before we ventured into the desert we need to change and put sun cream on or we were going to be fried.
Now ready we were off for an experience of a lifetime
Did we want to try sand boarding our driver asked? Well we are on our travels to experience all we can so yes we said, lets go for it. Back in the buggy and on he drove us around some more and eventually stopped atop one of the largest and steepest dunes we had seen. A brief explanation on how we should ride the boards then a nudge over the edge for an awesome cascade down the hill side. After initially dragging my feet in the sand I lifted them up and the speed rapidly increased, down and down going faster and faster then up the other side until gravity had its way and the board stopped. Annie hesitated then she too followed me. Our driver drove to collect us then off once again for more hair raising drive and the opportunity to sand board again.
This time I decided it was to be no braking, keep the feet up and experience the thrill of the ride. Annie took a video of my ride and it was something to remember for ever
Back to our hotel, a swim in the pool, lunch by the poolside before we head off on the next leg of our Great Adventure. Just time to think about you all back home, working whatever. Enjoy life, we are.
A couple of videos below for you to get just a flavour of our day. Awesome. Look forward to your comments below.
[annie: just thought i would add that it was a fabulous place nothing like i had ever experiencd before and the video of me was at 6.30am, do not think i had even brushed my hair we were so excited to climb the dune i just got up and ran outside..kids eh..... oh and the buggy ride was an endless fair ground adrenaline rush and the sandboarding was scary at first it did take me a while to go down...well you should have seen how high it was from up there...!! thanks to those who have posted it is so nice to get a comment so please do if you can we miss you all...!!!..and it is a connection with normality outside this drean state we are in..!! probably lack of sleep and not staying in one place more than 5 mins...lol]