Sand Boarding in Huacachina Oasis

I have always wanted to see a desert – a massive expanse of sand and dunes – it seems like a magical place and a photographers dream. While traveling through Peru, I was finally able to explore a desert via the tiny oasis of Huacachina. Located just off the coast of Ica, Huacachina was once a luxury resort town that is now lays in ruins.

Most of the accommodations have seen better days and there were a lot of closed up shops in the oasis. The main reason tourists still pass through is the easy access to the expansive desert. We explored the surrounding sand in a few different ways – on a dune buggy (yeehaw!), on a sand-board (think a wooden snowboard) and on foot (still sand in my boots…)

The dune buggy was by far my favorite, it was a definite adrenalin rush to tear up dunes and roll down the other side. I wasn’t sure if I felt safer that we had a roll cage, or if I was worried because we had a roll cage! It was a great, accident-free day and I got some amazing photos.

Sand-boarding was much harder than expected. As a seasoned snowboarder, I had high expectations of myself but the velcro-strapped on board was difficult to man-oeuvre in the sand. Still loads of fun and I highly recommend a brief visit.

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