Wine Tasting and Sand Boarding

Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2009

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

After a few hours on the bus from La Paz, with the coast on one side and hill, mountains and dunes on the other, I arrived in Huacachina, a small oasis town near Ica. I grabbed some dinner and joined Michelle and Pete, a lovely couple from Canada.  They talked me into joining there wine tour (not difficult I admit) and also a sand-boarding excursion the following afternoon.

William, our guide and local comedian took on a tour of a chocolate shop and 2 (or was it 3?) bodegas in the area. This region is the wine and Pisco producing area - Pisco being a clear brandy, the wine being not such a strong point.  At the first we got to try a number of different piscos and the other(s) was mainly wine, which is still stored in the clay containers housed in the most bizarre shop/museum/shed. Needless to say, I enjoyed sampling their wares.

Later that afternoon, once the heat has gone out of the day, I got myself strapped into a sand buggy and we set off to the dunes. OH MY GOOD GOD - WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!! I´m not one for thrills and spills, so I was hanging on for dear life, nearly coming out of my seat, trying not to scream too much.  And if that wasn´t enough, we then got to the top of a dune, picked a board and headed downwards.  Most of the group opted for the easier ´on your stomach´ option, legs apart and feet in the sand as brakes.......I took my time before setting off, but once I plucked up the courage to launch myself off, it was great fun. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Sand was everywhere, but it was warm and soft.

We then attempted the next one, I tried it standing up like a pro, but it wasn´t happening - too many stops, legs in the wrong place and a complete lack of any style.  All  the rest I took face down; daring to close my legs and lift my feet for more speed. There were some big dunes too, nearly 100m high and really steep. Playing over, we had an exhilarating ride back, with a fantastic sunset too.

A quick but very necessary shower and off to my next destination.
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