Desert in December

After having enjoyed our chill time at the beach in Huanchaco it was time for another night bus. We arrived in Lima in the morning and checked into our recommendable hostel Mana Lima. During the three days we stayed in town, we walked around the two neighbourhoods of Miraflores and Barranco ourselves and through the old town on the free walking tour. Lima is a very weird city because it basically has no weather. It is located in the middle of a desert and it is always grey and cloudy but it only rains about two centimeters a year!  So no rain but also no sun.. Not really what is considered a typical desert. We enjoyed our time there, even if it is quite expensive and Chris really missed the sun. Here some impressions:

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The next stop after Lima was another desert place, this time one that would be considered a cliché desert like in a movie: the oasis of Huacachina close to Ica. Only 5 hours of bus ride from Lima, we arrived at what I think was the most unreal place to be at four days before Christmas. It looked like this :

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Basically Huacachina is a small lagoon with some quite aweful touristy hostels and restaurants surrounded by huge sand dunes. These are the reason people come here as they are amazing for two things: sand buggy tours and sandboarding. And this is what we did there! We cruzed through the desert with this great vehicle which at times felt like a roller coaster.

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We stopped several times for pictures, especially of the sunset as we took the 4 pm tour, but most importantly we stopped four times to take out the boards and slide down the dunes on our bellies.

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The first dune was quite slow but they got bigger and bigger and especially steeper and steeper. The last one was huge! Sliding down them was exhilarating and so much fun. Too bad I couldn’t open my mouth and scream (I would have eaten sand…).

Here some more impressions:

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The tour was simply amazing. If you have the time, definitely go for a it (also very cheap, only about 13 dollars). However, we would have actually preferred just doing the tour and leaving Huacachina again with a night bus without staying over. The place itself is not very special and our hostel (desert nights) wasn’t very nice.

Huacachina was the last stop before our Christmas destination of Arequipa where we are now. Here we try to get into a Christmas mood in bright sunny heat. More on that will follow in our next post about Christmas in South America and hiking the Colca Canyon where we head on the 25th. Until then, a very Merry Christmas to all of you. Enjoy the food, the presents, the cold if possible and thank you for keeping up with our travels!

Merry Christmas from Chris and Jenny and all the llamas around here!

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