On the second day of our stay in Huacachina, we climbed a huge dune situated just behing the hotel. At first glance, it didn't look high...but every 10th step appeared to be excruciating as the dune was steep and you couldn't make it without a little break. At the top, we realised that the dune was the highest one among the sourrounding sand hills and laughed at how foolish it was of us to do it. Thank God, it wasn't hot yet.
At the very bottom we could see the oasis and behind us, there streched the city of Ica and the Andes. Going (or running) down was pretty funny, as I am not very tall, the sand reached my knees' level and it looked like a quicksand. My first impressions? I felt like in a huge sandbox, we were just in the element. In Huacachina, there are few so-called safe places in case of an earthquake but honestly a simple sand avalanche would damage it all, I used to have nightmares like this!
|These two little, black spots are some humans.|
|View on the oasis|
|View on Ica and Andes Mountains|
Every one who comes to Huacachina has a try at dune buggy and sand boarding. Initially, we didn't feel like doing it, the buggies we'd seen were as noisy as anything but as we arrived to Banana's Adventure we were offered a special guest tariff of 30 soles (8euros) for a buggy tour, the cheapest in the whole Huacachina, I guess, so we just said yes. I wasn't expressly excited to do that but it was a beautiful afternoon and the sun above us was so huge, "At least, I'd take some nice pics" I thought.
A thing that no one tells you before buying the ticket is that the dune buggy is like a roller coaster...
I don't like it and believe me that I was ready to get off in the middle of the desert and come home on foot, It was so damn scary and stressful! All I remember is that I grasped my boyfriend's arm, was shouting "NO! NO! NO !" at every top of a huge dune and the driver had a whale of a time releasing his steering wheel. And my boyfriend was laughing out loud.
On the spot, we found out that my beau had forgotten the camera I'd given to him before and I was close to weep. I enjoy taking photos so much and the landscape was perfect all the way. Tough luck, You won't see any photo of the slides on the sand.
The first dune we dealed with was already to high to me so I sat on the sand and observed the desert, I couldn't get my eyes of it, it was truly wonderful. Then, an old Peruvian man who appeared I don't even know when, proposed me to go down slowly with him on the board. I agreed and that sly man just pushed me downwards, I cried as loud as I could. Then I noticed that all my group and my bofriend were gone.
The old Peruvian proposed to give me a lift in order to find my boyfriend. There was practically no room in his buggy, and no belts when we were traversing the dunes. I thought I'd die. Few minutes later we found ourselves at the foot of a huge, the hugest ever, dune and all of a sudden I saw my boyfriend sliding there on the stomach, having so much fun!
I had my eyes closed during the return, it was getting dark and breezy. All I wanted to do later was to come back there the next day, on foot, at dusk with my camera. That's what we did. It all looks so unreal to me today.