Dunes of Ica

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We arrived at the oasis of Huacuachina late morning, ready for our dunebuggying and sandboarding adventure. The dunes are amazing, and it seems more like the middle of the Sahara than Peru. After a couple of hair-raising, white-knuckle drops we stopped for some sand-boarding action. Rather than riding down the dunes standing, the done thing here is to lie on your stomach, facing down the hill and not scream too much. All the girls failed on that part. There was some definite 'air' too. So we headed further down to an even steeper slope and did the same. We carried on to an oasis and more white-knuckle driving and headed for lunch.

We stayed in a small town outside Pisco, where there wasn't much to do, so we all had an early one after the excesses of the previous night. The next morning Em and I had a lie-ine whilst some of the others were hoping to go to the Ballestas Islands for a wildlife trip. Despite the calm weather in the bay, the trip was cancelled due to poor weather further out and we moved on. Normally the trip would go into Pisco itself, but in August 2007 Pisco was hit by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and flooded by the resulting tsunami. The devastation left from the earthquake was evident all around pisco, particularly along the coast where much of the debris is still visible on and around the beaches.

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