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August 18th 2014
Published: August 18th 2014
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We arrived in Ica after a couple of hours on the bus from Nazca and headed straight to Huacachina, a small oasis in the sand dunes about 4km from Ica. Everything is built around a small oasis with a strong focus on tourism, which has grown significantly over the last few years.

We spent the afternoon watching the World Cup final with a couple of Germans who were ecstatic about the result.

We had a relaxing morning by the hostel swimming pool before heading out on our sunset dune buggy ride. We headed up into the sand dunes, where we had great views back over Ica and the surrounding countryside. I was surprised how far the desert sands reached especially the sand hills that look like they are in the middle of the Ica.

The ride in the dune buggy felt like you were in a rollercoaster ride except that you didn't know which way the driver was going to turn.

We were driven to the top of a small sand dune to start so we could work on our sand boarding technique either standing like a snowboard or laying on our bellies. Before each ride we had to have our boards waxed and then we were ready to go. On the small hills Gary and I were up for the challenge of standing on our boards, generally we were able to make it down without too many problems but I'm sure we weren't the most graceful. On the high steep hills the guide said bellies only, probably because he saw our standing abilities on the previous hills and wanted to ensure there were no injuries. Going down on our bellies was a lot of fun and we were able to get up some good speed especially Gary with his no fear attitude.

Next stop the big city of Lima.

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