One of Peru’s prettiest and most impressive deserts lies in Ica, a region of rare beauty that welcomes visitors with its delightful coast, which includes places perfect for adventures sports such as sandboarding and riveting dune buggy excursions.
Sandboarding first took hold in Peru on the dunes of Huacachina before spreading across the whole country. There are different techniques for sliding down the dunes, such as “slalom” (zig-zagging between gates), “boarder cross” (an obstacle competition between two or more participants), “slope style” (tricks on rails and ramps) and “big air” (huge jumps off a ramp).
Protective equipment for sandboarding includes a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and special glasses for the sand. The sandboard has bindings for riders’ feet, giving him or her a firm stance on the board. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and following the experts’ advice.
Dune buggies have become an unmissable attraction for travelers, who experience the excitement and speed of these famous sand vehicles zipping up and down over the strangely shaped dunes and the beautiful landscape sculpted by the wind at Huacachina.
To take part in this exciting buggy excursion, it is advisable to wear light clothing appropriate for the suffocating heat in the mornings (especially in the summer months of December through March) and to take a jacket for the afternoon breezes. We also recommend bringing water, a hat and sunscreen to fully enjoy the experience.