A Desert-Haven: Sandboarding in Huacachina

The quest for the unknown leads one to adventures and adventures have driven human beings since time immemorial. If one were to paraphrase Christopher MacCandless from Into the Wild, man’s spirit has its core in a new experience. Such new experiences may lead one to the beautiful Oasis-City of Peru, Huacachina.

The city

Peru flaunts itself as one of the supremely beautiful countries of South America and one specific spot doesn’t let Peru go out of the limelight. Just west of a city Ica in Southwest Peru lies the gorgeous town of Huacachina, on the outskirts of an Oasis in the middle of a desert. At its middle are the green waters of the Huacachina Lagoon, ringed by palm trees and thought to have restorative properties. The tidal pond’s shores are dabbed with bars and clubs. Rise carriages stumble into the high, moving sand hills encompassing the town.

Sandboarding in Huacachina

Sandboarding is by far the most popular tourist activity in Peru and happens only in the town of Huacachina. Long story cut short, sandboarding is when you with the help of a buggy ride to the top of a Sand Dune and then surf it down. Huacachina is the hottest hub for sandboarding because of its unique oasis-town position. Standing on the top of some of the highest sand dunes of the world makes one feel ‘on the top of the world.’

When to sandboard and how much does it cost

If one is already in Huacachina, a sandboarding tour can cost anywhere between Rs 700 to 2600 per person, depending on the buggy you take. Buggies are vehicles that take you to the top of a dune. The best time to sandboard would be the twilights or sometime between afternoon and evening. The paramount reason being the Sunset. Peru witnesses some of the most beautiful sunsets and it might just turn to be your never-to-forget moment.

Reaching Huacachina

There are various ways to reach Huacachina from Peru. The cheapest way is to take a local bus, reach Ica and then take a cab from there to Huacachina. You can also take a day trip visiting Nasca and then reaching Huacachina.

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