Peru, South America, Travel

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru’s Incredible Desert Oasis

November 27, 2014

Last November when I was catching up on the latest posts of my favourite bloggers, I came across ‘The Desert Oasis of Huacachina‘ by Alex in Wanderland. I was very intrigued to say the least. I guess it’s no surprise that for someone who’s always up for an adventure activity (see Bike Riding the Death Road), that sandboarding in Huacachina Peru was instantly added to my ever-growing bucket list. So of course, when it came to planning my trip through South America this year, there was no way I was going to miss out on hitting the dunes!

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Huacachina is a tiny town located 5km out the of the city of Ica, Peru. The town is built around a natural oasis in the desert amongst some of the highest dunes on Earth. When we arrived at Huacachina, I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the oasis. I’d never seen anything like it before, and the lagoon itself looked exactly like it does in the pictures!

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Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Without a moment to spare, we were buckled into our harnesses and ready to dive into the town’s most popular attractions – dune buggying and sandboarding! Up and away we went into the endless waves of sand around Huacachina. We whizzed through the desert as if we were on a roller coaster; twisting, turning, up and down with our stomachs dropping at every slope. The element of danger provided  many a thrill, as we darted over the dunes at high speeds.

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

We then had our first shot at sandboarding. For the uncoordinated such as myself, we laid stomach-down on our boards and went head-first down the dune. We did the same down two other dunes; with each hill steeper than the last.

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Fortunately for me, the only time I was ever close to having an accident was when I almost slid over the top of my sandboard, narrowly avoiding a huge mouthful of sand. But unfortunately, there’s always that one person who has to wipe out. One poor guy in our group completely wiped out right at the top of the dune – I’ve never seen anyone so covered in sand, it was literally head-to-toe! Although it was a little bit painful for him, it was pretty hilarious to those who witnessed it!

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

Sandboarding in Huacachina: Peru's Incredible Desert Oasis

The desert oasis was truly mesmerising! With the addition of the dune buggying and sandboarding, it was an incredible,  adrenaline-filled visit to the small town of Huacachina. It left me glittering with flecks of sand for days!

Here’s a short video of our time sandboarding in Huacachina! [For the best quality, watch in 1080p HD]

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5 Comments

  • Reply An Instagram Journey Through South America • Endlessly Exploring March 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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  • Reply Anastasia (@Natbeesfashion) August 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    WOW, this oasis looks amazing, I have never been to a place like this! I hope you are having fun times 🙂
    xx http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross September 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      It was incredible – unlike any place I have ever been before! Thanks Anastasia 🙂 x

  • Reply Danielle Eskdale February 12, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Oh wow – this place looks unreal! So beautiful! And I don’t just mean you 😉
    Sand boarding sounds like a lot of fun, though I think I’d rather get a mouth of snow than sand 😛

    xo

  • Reply 100 Things To Do In Peru January 10, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    […] Some travel bloggers who enjoyed Huacachina are Brenna from Brennalouise.com and Kelly from Endlesslyexploring.com. […]

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