Huacachina - Day 2 - Sandboarding and dune buggies

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The dune buggies begin their crazy ride in to the desert

Today was all about getting out there in to the sand for some exploring.  I lined up to go with the hostel on a 40 sol dune buggy and sand boarding trip, apparently you can just rent a board about 5 sol an hour and just go do it yourself, but then you have to walk back up the dune after each run which didn't sound ideal!

I had thought the dune buggy was just going to be a way to get there, and a way to get back up the dunes after boarding, but this guy was speeding all over the place.  Going over jumps and generally going mental, which was a great way to get in to the sand-boarding spirit.

After about half an hour zooming around the dunes, he finally stopped us up top of a big dune and put some wax on to these snow-board looking things, with velcro straps rather than any kind of fixed foot holder.

Faster, we can catch em!!
I had been sure to wear clothes with as few pockets as possible, since I was pretty sure I was soon to have sand in most crevices :)

Sure enough, it's quite hard to stay up on these things.  Initially I attacked them like a snowboard, but soon learned that trying to turn basically equates to falling off.  So you end up just picking a line and trying to stick to it.  I think I only managed to go top to bottom without falling once out of half a dozen goes, so I can't say I'm an expert. A few people elected to just sit on the board and they got a lot of speed up so maybe that's the way to go.  On our final dune, the guide told the sitters that they couldn't do that since they would get too much speed up, but lying down and going face first was acceptable....crazy Peruvians!!

Spent the night at the hostel bar discussing Schwarznegger with Austrians and Zidand and Parisian hatred with some French travellers.

 

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Faster, we can catch em!!
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