This was one of the most exhilarating moments of our entire vacation! Huacachina – located a few hours south of Lima – is a small touristy town which surrounds a desert oasis, dwarfed by massive Sand Dunes in all directions. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Huacachina is to take a trip into the desert to go for a dune buggy ride, which includes great views of the Oasis from above and a chance to go sandboarding. How could we say no?
We spent only one night in Huacachina, which was more than enough time to spend in the town. It only takes 20-minutes to walk around the Oasis. We spend the early afternoon having lunch along the promenade and then walked around taking pictures. We were excited to embark on our Dune Buggy adventure, which we planned to coincide with the sunset.
We thought we were taking a dune buggy ride to go sandboarding, but the ride turned out to be the highlight of this adventure. There was a legend of one dune buggy driver that was just a little bit crazier than the rest. So, before booking our tour we made the request, and he did not disappoint. If the driver we got wasn’t the craziest of the drivers, then I would definitely love to go back and take a trip with the one who is.
The dunes were huge, and our driver would ride up the walls and gain speed going down. Sometimes he would take us over the edge, which was terrifying for us who could not see how steep each one was until we were already halfway down the other side. This was awesome!
One piece of advice: sandboarding is difficult, especially since we didn’t bring shoes, so we had to try and board down the mountain barefoot or on our stomach (which was actually the best way to go full speed). This was fun, but nothing compared to the ride to get there.
The excursion lasted for a few hours, with our time between rides in the dune buggy spent taking pictures or sandboarding down the steep sand dunes. It was the perfect afternoon.
As the sun began to set, we hopped back in the dune buggy to go back to town. The driver turned to us and asked if we wanted to take it easy or go a little crazy. We thought the ride here was pretty crazy, we were excited to see what he had in store for us. When we all agreed that we wanted to go crazy, he pointed to a note written on the roll bar inside the car that simply said “tip”. He popped it into gear and took off, taking us on a 10-minute thrill ride back to town. Let’s just say he earned his tip.
The Sand Dunes of Huacachina:
We thought we were taking a dune buggy ride to go sandboarding, but instead, we were taken on a thrilling rollercoaster ride up and down the sand dunes with one of the world’s craziest drivers.
When we finished sand-boarding, our driver asked us if we wanted to take it easy or go a little crazy… We all agreed that we wanted to go crazy – the driver pointed to a hand-written note inside the car that simply said “tip”. He took us on one of the most memorable rides of our lives.