Huacachina - sandboarding in Peru

Monday, February 24, 2014

Back in 2009 hubby and I spent a month exploring the best of what Peru had to offer - backpacking from Lima to Machu Picchu and back again. During that time we made a stop at the Oasis of Huacachina - a spot famous for sandboarding, dune buggying and legendary sunsets.

Oasis of Huacachina - Peru
the Oasis of Huacachina

Heron in the Oasis of Huacachina - Peru

Our sandboarding adventure began on arrival at Huacachina - with an insane Dune Buggy sprint through the surrounding dunes. With no 'health and safety' in sight our driver (whom we found out later didn't have a licence to be driving in the dunes) had to bribe officials to let him loose, with us in the dunes. He soon discovered that I wasn't so keen on speedy-down hill drops, so found pleasure in going over the steepest dunes he could find... I lost my stomach many a time.

Dune Buggying at the Oasis of Huacachina - Peru

Next came the 'actual' sandboarding. Since neither hubby or I are that coordinated we stuck to the method that seemed most popular amongst people out and about that day - sliding down the dunes face first. Thank goodness for sun glasses is all I can say!

Sandboarding at the Oasis of Huacachina - Peru

The final dune of the day was about 60 degrees steep and a couple of hundred metres high. I was pretty freaked out so prolonged departure as much as possible, but in the end there was only one way down - as our dune buggy driver had already driven off into the sunset and I didn't fancy a night alone in the desert. Hubby went first leaving me alone at the top of the dune, and I eventually followed. So much adrenaline!

After heading back to our accommodation for a few beers to calm the nerves, we headed out again - this time on foot and climbed as high as our tired legs could carry us to enjoy the sunset. Walking up sand dunes is hard work but we were rewarded with spectacular colour and view...

Sunset - Oasis of Huacachina - Peru

Sunset - Oasis of Huacachina - Peru

If you want to try sandboarding yourself Huacachina is about four and a half hours drive from Lima. There's plenty of buses you can catch leaving at a variety of times - and it's one travel activity you'll won't forget in a hurry.

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10 comments

  1. Sand boarding sounds like so much fun!

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    1. It totally is - you just need to remember to keep nose, eyes, mouth and ears all closed ;)

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  2. oh my gosh those dunes are huge! I'd be happy just riding around in dune buggies.

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    1. I actually found the buggy scarier than the sandboarding - maybe because our driver was so crazy!!!!

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  3. That's cool you've done it! I've lived there for a few years now and haven't made it yet...sounds like it's worth it. Beautiful photos, by the way!

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    1. Really? You definitely should give it a go then. Heaps of fun and beautiful views.

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    2. Looks like so much fun, exhausting but exhilarating!

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  4. Wow - this is so cool. I have ridden down sand dunes on a bit of cardboard in a place called Rainbow Beach in Australia. The sand dunes weren't as big as these ones, but it was still a great experience!

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  5. NEVER would have thought about doing something like this before but would definitely like to give it a go! Traveling Peru is high on our to-see travel list so this would be a good idea:) Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  6. Wow, this is so awesome! I've never even heard of sandboarding. And gorgeous pictures!

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