Sandstorm, blowing in my hair!

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
Trip End Jun 09, 2010

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Casa de Arena, Huacachina, Ica

Flag of Peru  , Ica,
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So from Lima we headed south 4 and a bit hours to Ica, Where it is in the middle of the dessert with massive sand dunes. We had been told it was a fun thing to do, to get a buggy ride on the dunes and to do sand boarding.

On the saturday night when we got there, we headed for some dinner, it just so happened we picked a place which had a live reagge peruvian band on. They were alright actually. It took them about 45 minutes to tune up though. The next day we had a look around where we were staying and booked the sand buggy ride for the following day.

That night we got a few people together from the hostel so we could get an all you can eat bbq from nextdoor. So we did this, but my god it was the worst all you can eat bbq ever! First of all the food was terrible and second it wasnīt all you can eat. You got to choose from one piece of meat, chicken or Steak, both of which were awful. The only thing that seemed to be all you can eat was cucumber! So we just took advantage of the free rum and cokes to try and make up for the terrible Bbq.

The next day we went on our buggy ride. We had been told by others that the best driver was a old grey haired guy with a limp, rumour had it the injury had occurred when he had flipped a buggy over in the past! Anyway we arrived for the ride and were just put into one of the buggies, and as fate would have it our driver hobbled with a limp into the buggy! It was the best money ever spent, it was like a rollercoster on sand, unbelivable! The buggy also dropped us at the top of 4 dunes so we could sand board down them! The last dune the drop was almost vertical. Everybody was lined up at the top, crapping it, not wanting to go down, and I didnīt blame them because I was the same. However, after a good 20 minutes Corinne pluked up the courage to go down. I suddenly realised that there was no choice but to go down it and hope I wouldnīt die, as the buggy was at the bottom. We then drove back on the buggy as the sun set, and this was exciting as you couldnīt see where you were going! What a ride though and definately something worth doing.

We stayed in Ica for 3 nights which was probably a bit too long. One night would have been enough. We then moved onto Cusco to acclimitise for the Inca Trail.
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