We didn’t even know that Peru had such vast sand dunes until we visited Huacachina in Peru. Located on an Oasis in the Ica district, Huacachina is a super place to chill out and relax. One of the best things you can do while chillaxin’ is to walk up to the top of a dune to watch the sun set over the desert. It is an awe inspiring experience. Huacachina is definitely a place where one could spend days enjoying the heat of the desert as you relax by the pool or go for a paddle on the lake. But it is the sand dunes that are the star attraction.
Besides walking along the vast peaks, you can go sand boarding anywhere in the desert. It’s an exhilarating experience. Grab a sand board from your guest house and simply walk from the lake to the top of a hill and let yourself zip down. We even found ourselves rolling and running down the hill just like we did when we were kids. It’s so much fun playing on these dunes, that your inner child will come leaping out. Want more of a thrill? Hire a jeep or join a tour that takes you out to the middle of the Peruvian Desert to ride the big dunes.
We took a dune buggy tour through the sand dunes and it was an exciting experience. As you are strapped into the jeep, your skilled driver climbs the high dunes before plunging into a steep valley. Hold your breath and pray you don’t end up rolling over. Feel the hot desert wind hit your face as you speed through the straightaways and then catch your breath as you enjoy a ride on some sandboards out in the middle of the vast sea of sand. The Peruvian desert is one of the most beautiful images we have ever seen and to stand atop a sand dune in Peru, is something you will never forget.
For more on Peru check out
Machu Picchu, Peru, Snapshot Sunday
My Three Best Kept Travel Secrets
World Wildlife Wednesday, Snapshots of Peru
Checking off the Bucket List in Peru
So Much to do with Two Weeks in Peru