Photoessay: Sandboarding the Huacachina Oasis

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View of Huacachina from the sand dunes

On my way down to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon I made a quick 2-day stop in Ica, Peru to visit the beautiful oasis town of Huacachina, just outside the city.

When I told a friend I was going to Huacachina, she confirmed how beautiful it was and explained the legend behind the oasis.

As the story goes, the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess was apprehended at her bath by a young hunter she fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her cloak, streaming behind her as she ran, became the surrounding sand dunes. And the woman herself is rumored to still live in the oasis as a mermaid.

While I didn’t see any mermaids, I did meet a nice local girl who convinced me to turn my 2-day pit stop into a 4-day rendezvous.

She showed me around the oasis and city of Ica for a few days and we had a lovely time. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of that experience so you’ll have to settle for the second best thing in Huacachina, sandboarding in the dessert.

Enjoy Responsibly!

The sand dunes in Huacachina Peru

Can you spot us?

Dune Buggy Ride in Huacachina Peru

Dune buggy ride in Huacachina, Peru

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

The Huacachina Sandboarding Crew (2 Germans, 1 Kiwi and Myself)

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

Getting ready to hit the dunes.

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

So standing up didn't work very well so we went with plan B. Face down ass up.

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

Climbing back up for another attempt - Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

Dune Buggy Rides in Huacachina Peru

Our dune buggy broke down in the middle of the dunes. Water cures everything.

Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

Crushing the dunes while overlooking Huacachina with Ryan my Kiwi comrade

Statue of the Mermaid that created Huacachina

The Statue of the Mermaid that created Huacachina

Sunset in Huacachina, Peru

Sunset in Huacachina, Peru


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      Yeah Jaime, it’s a pretty bad ass little place. As a desert-loving man, you’ll love Huacachina!

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