Ahhhhh, Huacachina. You wonderful, wonderful place. I shall forgive you that I could not think of a pun. The best I could do was "Huaca-China Town" which is so weak, even for my standards. I also did not want people to get confused and think that there is perhaps a China town in Huacachina. Huacachina is an insane place. It is an oasis in the middle of a desert just outside a big city, Ica. Huacachina has a population of 115. That is pretty ker-azy. I assume that may be more now but it is a very short drive to the city, Ica. Now, I know you see these dunes and your mind is blown. These guys were only about half the size of some of the things that you sandboard down. Everyone goes to Huacachina to sandboard. A superb experience. You chill out in the hostel all day, swinging in a hammock before heading off to the dunes at around 4pm for some fun. You sandboard for a few hours before watching the sun go down in the desert which is easily one of the best things that you will see. The boys and I headed up to the dunes one night to chill out and it was amazing. I highly recommend going up there at pitch dark. It is not disimiliar to what I assume another planet is like. Perhaps the aliens got confused and landed here before building Machu Picchu? Who knows? The climb up the dunes is fairly horrible but so worth it. We just sat up there, chatted for a while. We walked enough away that we were out of sight from Huacachina so we were surrounded by the dunes. It was immense.
The drive through the dunes is tonnes of fun. The drive is not unlike a roller coaster ride. There are times the driver will turn off the engine and free fall down a dune. The dunes can stretch to several hundred feet high. Great fun. Sand boarding is quite tricky. I have very basic skateboarding skills so I was slightly better than the others. By basic, I mean very basic. I could turn left. Never went pro but I was never given the opportunity to, so maybe. The first two dunes, you are allowed to stand and go down but the last few, you have to lie down on the board. I did not mind as the final few dunes were absolutely huge. My skateboarding skills did not assist me while flying down the huge dunes. I took quite the tumble while flying down my final dune.
I would not worry too much as I was trying to show off and raise my hands in victory. I had not taken a single tumble throughout and ironically I wanted to celebrate me maintaining this record while flying down the final dune. A few cuts and bruises but nothing too serious. When I finally jumped up from my spectcular crumble, I of course found a rock that I went past on my desent to blame it on.