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Sandboarding in the Desert


Two busses and a taxi away from Colca Canyon, we arrived in Huacachina, a proper oasis. The town is built amongst the trees surrounding a lagoon in the middle of an otherwise huge and arid desert.


The town is a bit expensive and touristy, but the sandboarding/dune buggy trip was pretty cheap, so we booked ourselves on for that evening (too hot to go in the day).
After a day of sitting in the shade, we were strapped in to our buggy and sped around the desert for 30 mins, shooting over the top of huge dunes, and whizzing down huge drops. It was an awesome experience, just like a rollercoaster, only with more mortal danger, and with stunning views over the sprawling desert.



The sandboarding itself was fun, although for anyone who has ever gone snowboarding, much harder. The sand is so loose and heavy that its impossible to carve or turn, so you just have to go in a straight line, picking up speed rapidly. Most people ended up just lying down on their bellies on the board, which was a lot easier.



Just as we were emptying our pockets and shoes of sand, one of the guys on our buggy found a dog lying in the middle of the desert, he looked pretty dried out and was sneezing compulsively, so we stuck him in our buggy and prompty scared the shit out of him on the return journey (which was even hairier than the way out) before taking him to the vets- good deed for the day complete.

So although we only stayed a night in Huacachina, we had a great time- definately reccomended to anyone passing through.

Posted by St Martins 13:28 Archived in Peru

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