Huacachina

Huacachina

Huacachina, Perú

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A dessert oasis in South America. Imagine seeing pure sand surrounding you, then a beautiful lake in the middle with palm trees around. Paddle boarding and sand boarding in one place. Who would have thought it exists! 


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After some wine tasting in Ica, we headed over to the town of Huacachina, a backpacker’s adventure paradise in Peru. I first read about this town from Lonely Planet and was very curious. I didn’t grow up in the snow and had no experience with skiing or snow boarding and figured I probably won’t be able to make it there. But one good thing about my 2 month Peru trip is that I left 3 weeks unplanned and waited til I was in Peru to decide what I was going to do the rest of my stay. I had two days to spare before I fly out of Lima which was just enough time to squeeze in this trip.

I arrived at Huacachina at around 1 pm then had a few hours to walk around town before the dune buggy rides. I didn’t know what to expect. Who would have thought these rides can give you the same feeling as riding a roller coaster? When our driver stopped atop the small hill, everyone got out and took photos. Then the driver took out the sand boards. Now how am I supposed to do it? Apparently nobody also knew, so everybody rode face down on their stomachs. Watching everyone else do it gave me the courage to try it out. So I did it. Then our driver took us to another hill, this time, higher. So I did it again. And again. And again.

One of the best memories I had with this trip was also when we were on our way back to the oasis – The sun was about to set, being on the hill and seeing the natural oasis in the middle of vast sand dunes was pretty amazing.

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A perpetual dreamer, an eternal nomad and a Francophile at heart.

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