Sand Dunes/Sand buggies/Sand boarding
Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
35Trip End Aug 27, 2013
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After we had seen the Nasca lines we returned to the truck, some were waiting for us, others had gone looking for lunch and as we hadn't had anything to eat, it seemed a good time for us to do the same, there wasn’t much to pick and choose from so it was just a takeaway noodles (not bad either)
We set off for the sand dunes we had seen on our drive here and seen from the air, they looked big and there were 'dust devils’ blowing around and wisps of sand whipping off the tops of the dunes, we drove for a couple of hours then we arrived and as I have said before....................we are here, but where are we?
Danny and Colin went off in search of our hostel, buggies and we just milled about taking photos of the buggies, the dogs and doing a whole lot of nothing
The dune buggies are real monsters, V6 engines, big fat sand tyres, heavy duty roll cages, and 3 point safety harness
We had 2 of them, I was lucky enough to get a front seat (but wish I hadn’t after getting sand in my teeth, eyes and every other part of me)
We set off at a rapid pace, and went up the dunes; the driver slung it pretty much all over the place, but it had very little chance of bogging down with this monster engine, fat tyres and all wheel drive
It was quite an experience and if you ever get the chance you have to try it, but unlike me, leave the sand where it’s supposed to be..................in the desert (my pockets, boots and socks were full of the stuff)
We had a couple of goes at sand boarding down the dunes, so where very good, some not so good, but it was a lot of fun and we all tried it
Well we all did our last run and then it was off for our BBQ under the stars, we were greeted with this stuff called pisco and coke, it was really strong stuff and it didn’t take long for it to take its affect on everyone (I am glad I just had the one) we all sat around talking, most of the subjects were about other trips and how the trip had gone (it was virtually hours away now)
We had kebabs and salad, with some really good chicken, again washed down with this pisco and coke
All in all it was a good day, I had seen the Nasca lines, I had driven across a desert with huge dunes and then slid down them on a board, I had a good BBQ and I decided it was time to head for my hostel, I have slept in too many deserts and they aren’t warm at night, in fact they can be freezing
Colin and I went back in a buggy and this was hair raising, belting round the desert and dunes with starlight to show the way, but needless to say we did arrive okay
Now Colin has a liking for red wine, so he produced a bottle from somewhere and we shared in a glass or two and just chatted for a couple of hours
There didn’t seem much point in getting undressed for bed, so I just lay in it, when I woke up there was even more sand in the bed, on the floor, everywhere
It also looked like the others had joined me in our dorm, as every bed had a body in it, some even two (so maybe the hostel wasn’t a bad idea after all
We had breakfast, sat around and chatted, it was decided that we would go straight to Lima and our hostel there, so it was everyone on the truck sorting bags, sorting stuff and getting ready for the last hostel of the trip
On our way to Lima, I reflected on this trip, it had been a lot better than my UKtoOz trip, the people were a lot more fun (I did meet some great people on the UKtoOz trip, but not many)this had been a lot shorter though with not as many people, I had made a few more friends, I had a lot of laughs, there had been some ‘hairy’ moments, but all in all it had been a great trip, hot at times, freezing some of the times, but there had always been some outstanding scenery and great wildlife
All too soon we arrived in Lima and our hostel.................