Sandboards and dune buggies
Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
177Trip End Jun 12, 2007
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Our trip left at 4pm which I think was the perfect time, it wasn't too hot, the shadows picked out the contours of the land perfectly and, as it was a 2 hour excursion, we got to see a desert sunset. The dune buggy was fantastic, we tore across the desert, down what felt like almost vertical slopes, with our driver competing with the other buggies to see who could loop highest up a dune before turing back down - who needs rollercoasters? Then there was the regular stops for sandboarding. With no snowboarding, skateboarding or surfing experience I think it is needless to say I was rubbish but Dean was picking it up towards the end. The first couple of slopes I tried to do stood up but just don't have the balance so everytime ended up squatted down on the edge of the board, not very technically good but it got me to the bottom without eating too much sand. I think it was the 3rd slope that the buggy driver must have picked up on my crapness and got me to use my board as a sledge and pushed me down head first, very fast but very fun! Dean managed that one stood up, and was beginning to look pretty confident...then he saw the next slope! Most of the group seemed to have snowboarded before but still 90% of the people went down sledge style, it was about 100m high at a 60º angle (we think - it was steep anyway), and going down on you front you went fast but didn't have too far to fall, I think I screamed/swore the whole way down! The buggy then took us over one of the best, most rollercoastery slopes in the area a few times and then stopped at the top so we could board down
The hostal put on a BBQ that evening including all the Pisco Sour you could drink! Got talking to a couple from South Africa, a couple from Bolton & Sheffield (one of whom went to uni with someone I went to school with - small world) and a few others so had a nice time comparing routes and stories!
Could have stayed longer than our 1 night as Huacachina is a nice, chilled place but we have to get to Cusco to acclimatise for the Inca trail so it is straight on to Nasca to see those lines.
Dean: The sandboarding was excellent, I was really getting into it. Hopefully we can do some more while we are in South America. We have been chilling out a lot recently and I am starting to get itchy feet - can't wait to start the 4 day Inca Trail hike...