El Carmelo Hotel and Hacienda
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Carmelo Hotel and Hacienda Ica
Gorgeous hacienda with a great pool and a little zoo. Great food. Everything is very clean. Awesome sleep and hot shower. Little disappointed regarding the selection of wines, just red wines.
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... No surprises the driver didn’t even check that we had our belts on before zooming off#PERU. Stopped 3 times at the top of steep dunes to sandboard down. I went on my tummy, Jack 'stood' up?! We asked another couple to take photos of us on their camera (explained why we didn’t have a camera). Scared them to death as it turned out they were doing THAT journey (in reverse) THAT evening! Woops! Got back to the hostel about 6pm. Walked up the sand dune at the back ...
... to be able to explore the dunes in a buggy was an awesome experience. We also sandboarded down the bigger dunes which was fun! We only stayed in Huacachina for 2 days which was plenty as there was nothing to do and food options were very limited/pricey. On the 2nd day we didn't do a lot apart from book a bus to Arequipa for that evening. Yet another long bus journey ...
... extreme sand sports!
We hesitantly set aside our e-book readers and embrace the adrenaline junkies' sand boarding and dune-buggy trip into the desert… two hours of roller coaster-like dune-buggy riding intertwined with our first attempts at sand boarding.
Nine passengers squeeze into our buggy with one overweight driver, but as we tear off down the street headed for the dunes, ...
... that were on our trip the other day and they all looked pretty wrecked as they had been up all last night partying.! We took a walk down to the Lagoon and got a late lunch! It was a beautiful day so we decided it was a good idea to climb the dunes to watch the sun set.. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the top up from the back of our hostel and we decided to ...
Our next destination was inspired by a random backpacker on the bus back from white water rafting in Arequipa. Cat overheard someone talking about extreme dune buggy rides and sand boarding in a lively, Idilic desert Oasis. Plan changed - next stop - Huacachina!
The 10hr night bus dropped us in the city of Ica which was 4km west of Huacachina. The town had the feel of a small ski resort with one road ...