Ica and Huacachina
Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
5Trip End Apr 17, 2007
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We arrived very late on Sunday evening after waiting for an extra hour in the Ica bus station for Rob´s insulin to arrive. The bus station was quite deserted as it was around 9 p.m. on a Sunday night so we were feeling really nervous about sitting there with all of our belongings and not really knowing what to expect from a big city like Ica. The station attendents were very nice and made sure to keep an eye out for us but we were still not really sure who to trust. A very drunk Peruvian staggered into the basically vacant bus station and sat behind us. I pretty much ignored him, figuring that he was trouble since we could smell the alcohol from our seat three rows ahead. The bus attendent said something to Rob in Spanish and immediately the drunk asked us a question. I played dumb - pretty easy since my spanish is pretty much non-existant- but Rob, being the nice guy that he is, tried to answer his question which resulted in a good hour of Rob trying to converse with this drunk...who told him initially that he was a musician, then a language teacher, then a person who just ¨knew¨ Cusco and every other place that we were going to visit. He was very persistent and even followed us out to the taxi once the insulin arrived. Just a little scary!! We shut the door in his face and vamosed to Huacachina as fast as the tiny taxi could go with our huge backpacks.
Huacachina is basically a number of hostels and hotels around a lagoon in the desert. The first day in Huacachina was spent lounging around the pool with our friends Tim and Hannah from England.
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at an outdoor restaurant called ¨Restaurant Moron¨(I had to include that name -too funny) and tried to unwind.
Rob tried his second ceviche of the trip which proved to be lovely. In the afternoon when it finally cooled down a bit, we decided to try to climb the big sand dunes behind our hotel to watch the sunset. It was quite the climb up and the view was spectacular.
We spent our second day in Huacachina lounging by the pool again - it was proving to be really hard to leave our hotel to do any touristy activities because the weather was so wonderful and we were both still feeling tired. I actually started to feel a little sick but figured it was just from being overtired.
Rob was finally roused to go sandboarding by our chatty waiter at Restaurant Moron so we booked a dune buggy ride with a fancy sandboard. Rob had a blast!
The dune buggy ride to the heart of the desert was a thrill in itself.
To be alone at the top of the sand dune,
So after Rob came down from his sand-boarding high, we had a great dinner at a little Peruvian restaurant called the Trattoria Novaro and tried some Peruvian red wine from the Tacama bodega in Ica. It was a little disappointing...let´s just say we won´t be bringing any home for you to try.:)
We finally dragged ourselves away from Huacachina long enough to venture into Ica...to visit a few bodegas (wineries) and to visit the city and a few museums.
We visited a traditional bodega called El Catador which was very beautiful and interesting. We sampled Pisco for the first time, which we both enjoyed the best over the wine and the other liquors.[PHOTO_ID_L=traditional_grape_press_and_basin.jpg
We also ventured into the Regional Museum to see the pre-Columbian artifact. The pottery was my favourite.