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Huacachina Sand Boarding

Our Death Defying Dune Buggy Ride

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Huacachina is a village in south western Peru that was built around a small oasis in the middle of desert terrain.

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Beyond the lagoon that supports the local population of only 100, sand dunes seem to stretch endlessly in every direction.

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The dunes also tower several hundred feet above the ground, and were unlike anything we've ever seen before.

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As soon as we got to town, we signed up for the local dune buggy ride having no idea what we were in for.

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First, we signed our lives away on a suspiciously all encompassing waiver in Spanish. Then, when a Mad Max-style rust bucket rolled up, Sarah turned to the driver and said, "Alfredo, mi vida es en tus manos."

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Afredo gave a devilish grin, and we were off:

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It was like an hour long roller coaster with no track. The video at the end of this post shows some highlights, but no video could ever truly do the experience justice.

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We never knew which way we would turn, or nose dive, or loop de loop and we had no idea what would be over the next dune: a hundred foot drop or an incredible view.

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We took a break mid-ride to try sand boarding, which is essentially sledding on a snow board face first down a mountain of sand.

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Nathan was in his element:

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So was Tre:

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Sarah white knuckled at first, but when the adrenaline kicked in, she was having a blast:

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As the sun set over the dunes, we sighed in relief that we lived to tell the story...

Posted by wintermaasz 16:11 Archived in Peru

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