Sand boarding and dune buggies
Huacachina Travel Blog› entry 14 of 35 › view all entries
The bus from Lima dropped us in Ica, which is about 10mins cab ride from Haucachina. In Ica thay have these little 3 wheeled taxi that take you around the town (see the pictures), i wanted one of these but we ended up getting in a crappy little mazda or something after the diver wouldn´t stop hassling us. Very disappointing.
Huacachina is a small town that surrounds an oasis in the middle of some fairly significant sand dunes. From the outside the town looks very impressive, however once your atground zero it is very similar to rest of Peru, unpaved roads and smells liek urine. We stayed in the first place listed in the Lonely Planet ´La Casa de Arena´, it was a good place with a pool and a bar and a huge sand dune directly behind the hostal.
The main reason for comingto Huacachina is for the sandboarding. We organised a sun buggy tour that includes some sandboarding down the dunes, which appear to stretch as faras the eye can see, it looks quite amazing. The buggy tour was great fun, but i reckon he could have gone a little quicker, we didn´t get airbourne at any stage, but still managed to eat a fair bit sand, so that was nice, i felt like a small child again.
The only disppointing bit of the buggy tour was the amount of rubbish spread throughout the dunes. It appears that rubbish flys out of the buggies or gets blown from thetown onto the dunes, however it appears that there is no system for picking it up. It is the only real blight on the beauty of the endless espanse of dunes.
We left Huacachina that afternoon for Nazca to see the freeky Nazca lines. Were they made by an acient civilisation, aliens or somethign more sinister, wait to find out......