It seemed that it’d be impossible to have another amazing experience in Peru but we added sandboarding in Peru to that list.
We were on our way to the final destination, Lima the capital of Peru on our overland tour that started in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Before staying in Pisco, Peru (which by the way, there really isn’t much there) for the night before arriving in Lima, we made a stop at Huacachina which is the place known for sandboarding.
Before sandboarding, we had an hour to walk around the oasis that is surrounded by the sand dunes. It was so hot because we were in a desert area so there were many icecream carts around along with restaurants and souvenir shops.
The oasis from the sand dunes:
Then we walked to our buggy that can seat 11 people including the driver. I sat in the middle seat in the second row. When we were all buckled in our seats, the driver started driving and he went so fast and stopped really suddenly on the road like he was in a hurry. Then we got to the entrance of the sand dunes where a woman wrote something on a clipboard then we were off.
There’s no other way to describe this driver except for crazy. We were going so fast up and down the steep sand dunes. I had that feeling in my stomach like when going down a hill on a roller coaster. Everyone in our tour group that was in the buggy was screaming and laughing all at the same time. It really was an enjoyable time other than the fact that really the driving was a bit dangerous.
There was one time when I would have flown out of my seat if it weren’t for the seat belt. I was glad to be sitting in the middle!
It was very windy on the sand dunes. And sand kept getting into my mouth and eyes. We were told to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Even though it was so hot, it was better to feel overheated than have sand blown onto your bare skin.
We went down three sand dunes each progressively higher and higher. You are not allowed to stand on the board and have to get on your stomach with your legs spread out to go down the sand dunes.
Here I am going down!
I actually enjoyed the buggy ride more than the sandboarding. But the whole experience was so worth the $20 USD. (Maybe even more fun than spending $110 USD to see the Nazca Lines by plane… but that’s a different story.)
Have you been sandboarding before? Leave a comment below!