Sand Boarding in Hucachina

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ever stayed the night on an oasis in the middle of the desert? Neither had I till I went to Huanchaco. It used to be a place where Peruvian celebrities would hang out, now itīs become a backpackers haven. Iīve never seen such a strange looking place. Itīs basically a mixture of restaurants, bars and hotels surrounding a big man-made lake. But thatīs not the main attraction. Surrounding the oasis are huge sand dunes, and that's why people come here, to surf the dunes! 

We got to Huacachina early in the morning.  All sand boarding lessons started at 4pm when the air is cooler, so we just relaxed all day by the pool. Then the time came.  We could hear the roaring from the engines of all the sand buggies in the oasis. We climbed into our buggy, excited and ready to go. We were then joined by 2 elderly couples, who asked the driver to go slowly. We were a bit annoyed as we wanted to go fast so we asked to change to another buggy but the others were all full. Later on, the two couples kindly got out and let us have a go at going fast in the buggy. It was like a rollercoaster on sand.  At some points the buggy would drive head first down a near vertical drop! A shame it only lasted a few minutes! We went sand boarding. The sand boards are a bit like snow boards but made of wood. Most people were sliding down the dunes by lying down on their front and a handfull of braver people would try and stand up on the board (the proper way), whilst going down the dune. I tried it, standing up a few times and stacked it. In the end I gave in and lay down on my front. Once we got to the bottom of a dune the buggy would pick us up and take us to the top of another dune.  The dunes would get bigger and bigger. The last dune we went down was over 300 meters high! I was pooing my pants at the top, part of me thinking that I shouldnīt be going down but eventually my turn came and I went for it. WOW, the most scariest thing Iīve ever done! I even did a small jump at the bottom (by accident) and hurt my neck., Iīm now ok though....

Sadly we didnīt have time to stay another day but given the chance, I would definitely do it again and would recommend it to anyone! Remember to check out the photos
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