Sliding on a board down the great sand dunes is an adventure sport that has spread to several regions of Peru. Sandboarding began in Ica, before spreading to Nazca, in Cerro Blanco (2,078 masl), the highest dune in the world, which is just for experts.
In many coastal desert areas there are dunes that are perfect for sandboarding, including Sarapampa (Lima), Camaná (Arequipa) and Acarí (Arequipa), with the second highest dune in the world (2,068 masl).
Boarding styles have been almost entirely copied from snowboarding techniques and include slalom (zigzagging between poles), boardercross (a competition on an obstacle course between 2 or more riders), slopestyle (tricks using rails and ramps) and big air (massive leaps from a ramp).
The equipment consists of a board (sandboard) with straps for the feet, a helmet, elbow and knee guards and special impact-resistant sand goggles. Comfortable clothing and specialist advice is recommended, and many instructors are linked to the companies that rent out the boards or to travel agencies that focus on adventure sports.