Huacachina is a backpacker’s paradise — budget hostels surround the oasis with cheap drinks, American music, and western food. Other than the sand dunes, there is not much to do in this small town. But it’s a great escape for those who are looking to drink and relax on top of a spectacular sunset sandboarding tour.
Surrounded by palm tress and massive sand dunes, Huacachina is a desert oasis known as the “Oasis of America”. As an adrenaline junkie, I purposely carved out two days of our trip to explore this town. In hindsight, we probably could have utilized our time better and explored another city but it was an amazing experience nonetheless.
The smooth road becomes a bump trek as the dune buggy driver swerves into the sand dunes. Engine revving with the gas pedal to the floor, we’ve entered a territory with virtually no restrictions — no trails, few rules, and definitely no speed limit.
Within a few minutes, the driver ascended up the first dune and without warning, we were flying down the dune full speed. We tackled a few more hills before stopping to embark on our first run.
The tour guide and driver stared and laughed at me as I attempted to ride down the sand dunes in my beaten rental snowboard. I was teased once again as I attempted to climb back up the dunes after my first successful run with a sand board. Apparently the driver picks us up from the bottom to take us to another dune but I had no idea. I was the crazy one that tried to climb a near vertical, 100 feet sand dune.
Prior to sandboarding, we woke up early to take a tour of the Ballestas Island, also known as the poor man’s Galapagos. While the tour was fairly inexpensive, I did not enjoy the experience and thought it was a complete waste of time. The animals on the islands were not very impressive, and if I had to travel almost 5 hours from Lima to get here, I would just opt for the wine tour or Nazca Lines tour.
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Photos By: Elain T. & Jessica W.