Take My Hand, We’re Off To Sandy Sandy Land

We arrived in Lima after an uneventful (20 hour!) bus ride from Mancora.  As the bus approached Lima, we were surprised to see how impoverished the outskirts of the city were.  Sprinkled throughout the barren desert landscape were tiny huts made of plywood without running water or electricity. Once we reached the main city center, the landscape drastically changed as the desert was replaced with a concrete jungle boasting beautiful cliff views.Our stop in Lima was quite short. We explored Lima’s waterfront, stocked up on supplies and bought tickets to our next destination – Huacachina, Peru.

Huacachina, a desert oasis centered around a picturesque lagoon, lies four hours south of Lima on the gringo trail.We checked into our hostel and immediately left to climb the steep dunes surrounding the oasis.  Aside from camping at Joshua Tree National Park, this was the first time we’ve really been in the desert and the scenery was breathtaking!The next day, we went on a dune-buggy and sandboarding trip.  We were most excited for the dune-buggy rides, but the sandboarding turned out to be a blast.  The sandboards were basically plywood with velcro foot straps – not the safest equipment around but we made it work. We watched fellow backpackers eat sand on the way down the dunes but Chris was a sandboarding pro! I opted for riding the board like a sled. On the last and largest dune, everyone went down on their stomachs head first because it was so steep it was unsafe to ride any other way. While other people dragged their legs in the sand to slow themselves, Chris flew down the steep dune going faster and farther than any other person. By the end of the evening, every inch of our bodies was covered in sand – proof of a great time. Huacachina was the perfect place to relax for a few days. The vibe was very laid back and the small town was a great change of pace from the big city of Lima. Plus, it was absolutely gorgeous. From here, we are off to Cuzco – the launch pad for our trek to Machu Picchu!

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8 thoughts on “Take My Hand, We’re Off To Sandy Sandy Land

  1. Hey, we were talking about you at the office earlier. I got bookmarks made of sheep poo that I gave to everyone at work, by the way. I’ll send one to you, too.

  2. Awesome! I have made this same trek through Peru.

    When visiting Machu Picchu, although strenuous, it’s worth it to walk up to the park entrance versus taking a bus. Also, when buying your tickets (try to do it in advance), ask about Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu. Only 400 people per day are allowed up there; 200 at 7AM and 200 at 10AM. Strenuous, but worth it.

    Go for the 10AM Huayna tour. It’s quite foggy at 7AM and makes it difficult to see the ruins far below.

    Finally, arrive to the park entrance before opening, this will ensure you can get some photos with less people in them…

    Enjoy!

  3. Great pictures! So glad you two are having this adventure. Can’t wait to hear about Machu Picchu. Have a blast!
    Love, Nate/Dad

  4. All I can say is what an awesome Creator! The pictures are wonderful, how grand to experience it in person! Thanks for sharing! Love you!

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