Sandboarding in Huacachina!!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
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Trip End Jul 20, 2008


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Friday, July 11, 2008

09/07/2008

Arrived late afternoon after our mammoth journey, the hostel was set near the oasis surrounded by huge sand dunes. I have never seen such a surreal sight, the sun was setting and the temperature dropping rapidly so we had a tasty dinner and an early night to recover.

10/07/2008

The first late start in a while was met by a crazy day! Rented sandboards for a few hours to practise our īnarlyī moves before the organised tour. It was so much fun, we scouted the area for a small dune to have our first go on and began to climb. This part is unbelievably exhausting as the sun is very hot and the dunes quite steep (also we are not very fit!). Toms first go was better than mine but we kept going and established the only way to go down without falling over is - NO FEAR! We finally got it and had a bit of time left before having to give the boards back so Tom decided on the next bigger dune, so we could get some awesome videos of us going down skillfully. I disagreed on the dune as it was a long walk away but he went up while I waited at the bottom, camera ready. However this dune was big but not steep so he didnīt go very far at all and was just standing on the board with very little movement!! He He.

We went back to the hostal and prepared for more sandboarding and dune buggying!! We were first  to get in the buggy so hopped in the front, and off we went. To begin with it was just really fast and bumpy but when we got out into the dunes the driver went mad. We were going over the top of dunes with no idea of what lay over the edge, it is the same feeling as being on Oblivion at Alton Towers. There are some good videos!! We stopped at a few massive dunes and headed down, luckily we didnīt have to walk back up again as the driver picked us up at the bottom. The dunes we went on were a lot bigger than our earlier practise runs so we ended up on our bums on a few occasions, I couldnīt face going down on one so I lay face first on my board and flew down, this was the most fun ever but maybe slightly dangerous! We saw the sun setting out in the desert and the views were amazing. We then looked over Huacachina at sunset which is spectacular, it is a very random place but we are both glad on the recommendation to stop off here!

11/07/2008

Woke up to no electricity but managed to find somewhere to have a bite to eat before heading out on our free pedlo ride that the hostal organises - not the most fun ever but kept us entertained before checking out and heading back to Ica to catch a bus to Pisco. We arrived to a town in turmoil and didnīt quite understand why it was such a state untill someone told us that the earthquake last August knocked down 1 in 4 buildings.
 
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