A desire to fly across the DUNES=ICA
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I've never encountered a sand dune before, so when I found out about the dunes in Ica, I immediately made reservations to see the oasis I had read about in my beloved Lonely Planet, which by the way, I accidentally left on my bed! :( Luckily, one of my friends is arriving on the 15th and will be able to carry it with her:) I took Cruz Azul, which is the only bus line that my friend's aunt and uncle would allow me to take! Great comfy seats, snacks along the way, and wonderful companions as I began the trip at 4am to Ica! We traveled along the coast, and I had the chance to view Pisco, Paracas, and the ever beautiful coastline. We stopped along the way at various resorts that I had read about online... $75.00, $35.00, $40.00. Did I want to pay that much for a room??? I didn't have a reservation, and I decided to wait until the bus station thinking that I'd have time to narrow down the possibilities as well as ask a few questions from the locals about the venues.
I found myself in a deep discussion with my taxi driver from the moment I entered the car as I asked questions about the town, about his family, about the educational system, and the economic situation, about the protests and the government.
I explored the town by taking a 30 minute jog around the center determining where I would eat and what I would do while staying in the oasis town of Huacachina.
I met some people along the way who told me about their sandboarding experiences, and I quickly signed up with my hostel. I traveled with 3 guys from Israel and a gal from Japan across the dunes in a red dune buggy:) My first sandboarding experience... we waxed our boards, climbed up to the highest peak, and as I got ready to slide down the embankment, I stopped myself as I saw the steep incline... I let my feet go, and flew down the sand, enjoying the wind on my face and the swooshing sound as I traveled down the dune.
I traveled back to the Oasis where I tried to shower only to find that unfortunately, there was no more water! I traveled out with companions from Brazil, Swiza, Australia, and Ecuador, finding myself laughing until the wee hours of the morning with my new amigos... God's blessings abound... as I saw His beauty in the desert, His beauty in the people, and His grace in providing a safe place to stay and wonderful companions for the day:)