Sand Sand Sand. Did i mention sand.

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Dec 24, 2010

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Thursday, March 4, 2010


When I left off last we were enroute to a picturesque oasis. I am not sure if I mentioned the reason why. I would check, but this computer appears to be the original first ever built computer and it is finding flicking between pages confusing. As is it finding me typing confusing. So I apologise if I am repeating myself everyone.

The reason why we were heading to this picturesque oasis is that after hanging in Lima for a week, we were on the verge of getting bored for the first time in our whole trip however we were waiting for our tour of Peru with Gap adventures to start but we had to wait until the 6th of March. Needing recovery and rest a week didnt seem so bad. Only half way through, we were told we didnt actually get on the tour (after stalking travel agent to receive this information) and so we were without tour and without a plan... enter crazy british girls who revealed there was a magical land far far away (5 hrs) where there lived a hostel disguised as a hotel, with room service and a pool and everything at hostel prices. amazing. and you didnt even have to kiss a frog to get there (hold the bad jokes please)

5 minutes later we were on the bus to amazing land of cocktails by the pool. Its totally bizaare. You get off the bus in a city. You get a taxi for 5 minutes and you literally look like something out of Aladdin. Not only are you covered in sand,. surrounded by sand and inhale sand with every step, but there is a Sultan (owner of hostel) with a team of genies (bar staff) to grant your every wish inside the palace (nay, hostel). There is even a lovable moneky (or parrot) to entertain! Amazing. We were hooked.

A little on the sand town. It takes 5 minutes to walk end to end. Quite embarressing when I told the taxi driver the address of the hostel.. he laughs hilariously and machine gun fires the smell of garlic and spit to my face and hysterically giggles like a hyena and replies´¨Only one street¨. Ohhhh we have a smarty pants in the taxi. Great. In the middle of the town, is a lagoon which according to local legend is inhabited by an Inca princess who has turned into a mermaid to protect the lagoon. I personally think this is a ploy to stop you swimming in it... you wouldn´t die from the mermaid, you would die from the 1000 year old pollution inhabiting the lagoon. If a mermaid lives there she has black lungs. Seriously, its like 1m deep and you cannot see the bottom. Best leave to the mermaid. There are restaurants and palm trees lining a boardwalk which wraps around the lagoon, and the low lighting from the restaurants makes it very pretty in the evening. Maybe in the day but we wouldnt know... venture from amazing pool chairs to see smelly lagoon? Pah!

Apparently, people come here to do a sporty thing call Sand surfing. Whadda ya know. What a great excuse to say longer. ´We better stay and do the sand boarding´says Em. ´Si´, slurp says I.

3 days later we made it into the dune buggys to do some radical adventure stuff once more. It was soooo much fun and well worth the break from Pisco Sours. You get into this crazy almost toy like dune buggy with a huge loud motor and massive wheels, and zip off through the town (setting off all the car alarms- have I mentioned I believe the car alarm to be the worst invention of mankind to date? More on this later) up over the mountainous sand dunes and the DOWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN the mountainous sand dunes.... it was an epic rollercoaster! All of a sudden your zipping along admiring the scenery and woops! there goes your stomach out your mouth. and then just as quickly UP you go and stomach is back in. Crazy. The funny thing is the dune buggy is just supposed to the the transport to the activity you sign up for, but it is definately the best part!

We arrive on top of this sand dune right in the middle of everything (ie all the other sand dunes) and they get out what are kind of a cross between wakeboards and snow boards. All the guys who were in the buggy immediately jump out and puff out their chests like a flock of pigeons and see who can kill themselves the hardest/fastest/ bestest/ most crazy way possible. We watch and oohh and ahhh and soon they are all specks in the distance as they try and actually SURF down the sand.
Guide: would you like to surf or lie on your stomacho? (pause, examines two blondes before him). I think you might like to lie on your stomachs.

Smart man. Turns out, lying on your stomach is way more fun and scary as you go face first over the cliff of sand and slide with nothing to stop you, gathering speed and zipping almost straight down a vertical drop. So fast and so fun. Again again again again we cry!

Until we realise... to go again, you have to walk up imposing mountainous dune. Feck.

This epic, huge, monstrous, crazy dune was the most impossible thing to climb up ever. Not only is it hundreds of metres high and vertical, but the ground you are walking on, is, wait for it, SAND, and not rock hard beach sand, it gives way like quick sand! and they make you wear shoes to go on the buggy, and then as you are walking your first 4 paces and you are soon enough up to your knees in the sand, your shoes then fill with sand so you have 2kilos of sand on each leg and you are still scrambling up avoiding the quick sand of death. Bloody character building mission AGAIN. Yes yes yes, conquer the sand tower of doom we did, with zero breaks or whinging in the middle (cough).. I think we each left one of our lungs on the dune though. Might need to go retrieve it. But then i will be sand lung girl and when I talk to people, I will potentially have a consistent spray of sand firing out like a machine gun into their eyes. Not a good way to make friends... Maybe i will just make do with the one.

After we gathered up our shoes and breath and came back to life the guides piled us back into the buggy, covered in sand and exhilirated/ just alive from the sand sliding, and took us to see an amazing sunset over the dunes. It was gorgeous and photos can do it no justice!

We had one last night in Huacachina and planned our attack on Peru. Oooo the excitement of what lies ahead. A good de-sanding and hearty meal after the dunes was well received and we left the next morning for Nazca to see the famous Nazca lines... 

Who needs Gap adventures!  

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