Let's get piscoed

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of Peru  , Lima Province,
Thursday, October 4, 2012

We left Lima today to head for huacachina - our bus was at 10 and it was supposed to take us 20 minutes to get to the bus station and we were meant to be there half an hour before. We left the hostel at 9.30 and there was more traffic on the roads than in London! Everything was at a standstill, people don't seem to use lanes here so all the cars were just bunched as closely together as possible. We got to the bus station just after 10 and luckily our bus was still there, after quite a thorough checking in system which involved being videoed as we boarded and searched for weapons we boarded. As soon as we got on the bus the films started we got 3 in total throughout the journey- much better than the flight from the uk! We didnt end up leaving the terminal for another hour so I think we actually caught the wrong bus but that is south American travel I guess. Huacachina is amazing, it's an oasis in the middle of the desert and all the hostels and bars sit round the edge. We sat down at the hostel and ordered a few beers and booked our sand boarding for the following day, a few beers turned into happy hour of half price pisco sours which resulted in me (Sarah) ingrid and nicki dancing on chairs whilst Matt played some songs on the guitar, a guy from the bar played bongos and all of us singing very badly to more oasis songs! When we'd emptied the hostel bar and the bar boys got sick of our singing we went off in search of more pisco sours, what we found was a guy that wanted to teach us all salsa - thanks to Matt using his favourite line - te gusta bailar la salsa. An unfortunate face raping ended off the night and we all crept back into our dorm hoping we wouldn't wake the 2 others we were sharing with!
The others checked out the next morning - the said it wasn't to do with us but I'm not so sure. After breakfast of the best pancake ever we went out to explore the oasis- it took us about 10 minutes! Although it's very beautiful it's not that big so we could walk around it very quickly. We found a hostel with a pool and sat on the edge chatting for a while- the rest of the day followed like this meandering around stopping at places we thought would b nice then heading off to the next place, it was a nice way to pass the day, then at 4 we went sand boarding.
We headed up the dunes which surround the oasis in 9 people dune buggies. The ride was insane - kinda like being on a roller coaster but much scarier as it definitely didn't feel that safe. We reached the top of one of the dunes and got out to appreciate the views- it was incredible- rolling sand dunes everywhere we looked. We started on a little practise hill sitting down and standing then off we went in search of the bigger hills. We got to the first one- it was huge, and the only way to get down- face first! One girl went first and by the time she got to the bottom she looked tiny! It was very nerve racking but so much fun! We did another 2 big hills in between the buggy racing its way around the dunes.
After one of the hills whilst we were waiting for the buggy to come down and collect us an American girl asked Matt and tai what they would do if they needed to go to the toilet, as boys there response was obviously just that they would go, so she asked us all to turn round while she squatted and went! It was a very awkward moment made even more so by the buggy turning up whilst she was still going! The trip was amazing and so scary! We finished it off by parking up at a dip in the dunes watching the sunset on one side and the hustle and bustle of the oasis on the other side!
We got dropped back in town emptied our shoes and pockets of sand and got told off by a guy for doing so... Not really the place to live if you don't like sand but hey!
We celebrated with a beer in the hostel, 2 more Canadians had joined our room and they sat with us in the bar for drinks too. They were apparently in search of a big night but after the previous night we all just fancied a fairly early one! Then happy hour started and the pisco sours came out! An 80 soles per person bar bill later and around 20 of us were dancing to gangman style in the local club till 3am. The following morning none of us woke up till 11.45 to fine the Canadian couple leaving, it was a little awkward but we thought maybe we were all just hungover. We moved to our normal spot on the terrace and de briefed over the night before, it seemed there was an unfortunate thigh raping incident followed by a kiss that is bound to split up a relationship! The awkwardness of this morning made sense now!
We needed another day to recover and we loved it here so decided to stay another night and spent the day just chilling out. At sunset we walked up the dunes (realising how little exercise we have done since we arrived) and watched the sunset.
We decided to try a different place to eat tonight - something which turned into the worst dining experience of all time - we were being punished for leaving desert nights!
That night we just watched a film and headed to bed early.
It was an early start the following day and we were up by 6 ready for our trip to the ballestas islands dubbed the poor mans Galapagos. It was an hours drive or so on a tiny local bus to the paracas - the little port town where we got the speedboats out to the islands. The speedboat journey was so much fun bouncing on the waves with our stomachs dropping every few minutes. We stopped on the way to view a big cactus which had been carved into the rocks, not sure why it was there We couldn't understand the guy too well, it looked cool though. Then onto the islands where we saw sealions, penguins and more birds than I have ever seen in my life. It was pretty spectacular and we noticed that sea lions can sleep in the most awkward of positions!
We got back to the port grabbed some breakfast and bumped into cory and Ashley the two girls from the USA that we met in Lima. They were heading to huacachina so we arranged to meet them at desert nights so we could grab dinner before me, tai and Matt got our night bus to Arequipa, ingrid and nicki are following the day after.
After the crazyness of Lima the small little oasis was just what we needed and was a great place to meet other travellers. I'm sure we could of stayed for a few more days and in the end had to drag ourselves away!
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