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Stop 51 - Huacachina

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I first saw Huacachina on Pinterest (...god I love that app!!) and I told Adam it was one of the places we HAD to visit. Then we arrived in Peru and decided it was well out of our way and headed to Bolivia instead. But you know what?! There is a massive mountain range in between Lima and Cuzco so, if you're catching the bus between the to places (like we ended up doing on our way back to Lima), you'll end up passing through Huacachina whether you like it or not!

What a super fun place this is!! It is a tiny oasis town in the middle of the desert; just outside of Ica. We based ourselves here for a couple of days -
mostly because of the bus timetable but we had a great time!

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The main thing going on in town is the dune buggy tours and sand boarding. This is done just before sunset so you can get your thrills then sit and watch a lovely sunset. The boys were all talk and were super pumped to do the sand boarding, then when they saw how high the sand dune was they quickly changed their minds. So while Adam went down the slopes, I hung out the top with the kids. Damn them for ruining my good time!! (secretly I didn't care cos I chickened out once I saw the height too haha!)

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Our driver was a bit of a nutter and made our dune buggy experience a memorable one. We all had a great time in the end and came back with sand everywhere!

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We also did a tour of the pisco winery in Ica. Our guide was soooooo enthusiastic! I think he might have already been drunk. We got to sample their different wines and learnt the Incan way of toasting before drinking. I have no idea what the words were and I don't think anyone else in the room could understand either....when we (the crowd) were asked to repeat the words it was more of a loud indecipherable mumble than anything.

In the end I am glad we came here as it was a lot of fun. Maybe next time we'll all try the sand boarding...

Posted by carlagregory 23:32 Archived in Peru

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