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Dune Surfing in Huacachina, Peru!

Night scenes at Huacachina

photo from Flickr by: timsnell

Peru is an enchanting country, full of history, culture and some wicked surf breaks but one place I was not expecting to find myself was in the middle of the Peruvian desert on the top of a 40 foot sand dune with a snow board under my feet, seconds from launching into one of the craziest thrills I have ever experienced, dune surfing!

After spending a few weeks a mere 40 kilometres south of Lima, surfing some of the best Peruvian breaks such as Pulpos, Caballeros and Pico Alto, I had heard of a mystical little desert oasis called, Huacachina. A chilled out little town set on a beautiful green lagoon surrounded by rolling yellow sand dunes, a true haven under the harsh desert sun. Huacachina had fast become a fave tourist spot for those seeking adventure and in the middle of the Peruvian desert; this came in the form of dune surfing!

Dune Surfing in Huacachina, Peru!

photo from FLickr by: timsnell

We set off in the late afternoon when the sand was cooler and the heat more forgiving. My dune buggy driver was a crazy local guy, and the buggy ride in itself was a thrill that I wasn’t expecting. I’ll admit, even with my years of experience as a snowboarder, dune surfing is harder than it looks and definitely not a sport for the faint hearted. I was over confident as per usual and within seconds had my first taste of a mouthful of hot desert sand. It tasted dry and bitter but the urge to conquer the vast desert dunes was now my mission . After numerous falls and slides, I quickly learnt to keep straight and just go for it. Dune surfing was a thrill like no other.

As I sat admiring the desert sunset with a cold beer in hand, I realised that this was what travelling was all about. Seeking adventures and places that I had never heard of, experiences that I had never even thought of, this was truly living and why I will always Remember Peru (Shazam).

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Aaron Bradford has written 137 articles. Aaron is the leader, mentor and chief geek of the Happytime team. He put together this crack team of travel writers known by codename “The Firm“. Twitter: @b4ubackpack | Google profile |

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