Huacachina, Peru is a small, local tourist town in the desert that’s known for its sand dunes. It’s really hot during the day and gets pretty cool at night. Kenny and I were looking for some local Peruvian flavored adventure, so we took a 3 hour bus down from Lima to Huacachina.
We took a cab from the bus station (which was an interesting ride … more to come on this) to our hotel. The cabbie came back the next day to take us fucking sandboarding. On a Dune.
Sandboarding is basically: a Peruvian guy drives you in a dune buggy that goes really fucking fast over the dunes. Then he drops you off on a really tall dune and you surf / bellysurf down while trying not to faceplant. It’s awesome. A few rounds of this and you really start empathizing with the Fremen in the book Dune, I mean my face was starting to crack and my lips were dry as shit. Also the asshole buggy driver would drop us off at the lip of a huge basin and wait for us pretty far away, and just watch and giggle at us as we struggled through the sand to get to the buggy.
But seriously, Huacachina was one of the highlights of Peru. Pristine beauty. The town itself is a little shady and there’s not too much to do (you can always shack up in a local bar and find a burned out expat to have a depressing conversation with). The dunes are absolutely amazing though.