Our Sand Dune Adventure

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Flag of Peru  , Ica,
Saturday, October 9, 2010

From Ica we got a short taxi ride to Huacahina, a desert oasis surrounded by the world's biggest sand dunes nestled next to a picturesque lagoon that features on the back of Peru's S/50 note. Graceful palm trees, bright flowers and some attractive antique buildings make this Peru's bygone glamour resort. Here we relaxed for 4 days in the never ending sun and sand dunes.

The main reason travellers and Peruvians come here is to do a Dune Buggy Tour and to sandboard (a basic snowboard with Velcro) the huge dunes, most equilevent to that of skiing/snowboarding Red and Black Runs. Though it is sometimes softer, warmer and safer than skiing or snowboarding we were warned that people can lose control, somersault themselves down the dunes and get seriously hurt. We were also told that the Dune Buggy Tours can also be unsafe as the drivers are notoriously dangerous, and that we were to go at our own risk.

There is no other way to say it but labelling the drivers as "notoriously dangerous" is putting it very very very lightly. Many people compare it to a rollercoaster ride. That is exactly what it is like, but unlike a rollercoaster when you want to go on it again, with the Dune Buggy ride we definitely would think twice about doing it again! It really was that scary and at times we both felt we could crash and possibly die.....no joke! At times we were going 70mph across jumps, up vertical mountains of sand before flying down them at break-neck speed.

We would fly over, down and around corners of sand banks; just one bad turn and we would skid and the buggy could flip and roll over down a dune. We both agreed that it is the scariest but also the best thing we have been on in our entire lives. I suppose it would be similar to quad biking but these buggies are so big and go at such speeds they are terrifying. All we had to save us was a flimsy seat belt that went around our necks, and to say we held on for dear life is an understatement!

From here we took an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Look out for the next blog

Lots of Love

Thomas and Hollie x x x
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