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Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

As part of the Momondo Experiences Series, the folks at Momondo challenged us to bring you a unique and extreme adventure from Peru. We chose to try our hand at sandboarding in Huacachina – home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world.

You haven’t known adventure until you have zipped down a 300 foot sand dune headfirst, screaming for your life, eating sand the entire way down. You haven’t known adventure until you have strapped yourself into a sand buggy and flown through “Everest of the Desert” at high speeds, clutching your seatbelt until your knuckles turn white. You haven’t known adventure until you have visited Huacachina, Peru.

The sand buggy tour was the most thrilling and exhilarating experience of our lives. We strapped ourselves into the 12 seater dune buggy as our driver flew over towering sand dunes at high speeds. We gripped the seats in front of us for dear life as he floored the gas and took dunes 90 degree angles. We whizzed through the desert, screaming at the top of our lungs as we blew through the most spectacular desert scenery you could ever hope to see in your life.

At 4pm we arrived at the Desert Nights Hostel, and it wasn’t long before we realized this wasn’t going to be a smooth ride! For $22 USD each, we had honestly expected a fairly tame ride through the desert, however we quickly realized that this was going to be an extreme thrill ride, not for the light of heart!

It was an adrenalin rush even better than a rollercoaster. We had the best time of our lives!

Practical Info:


Based out of Paracas, the dunes at Huacachina were both higher and cheaper. Quoted $90 per person for a sand buggy tour out of Paracas, it was cheaper for us to pay for a taxi to drive an hour, wait for us and drive us back. We booked our tour with Nazca Flights.

Book onto a 4pm tour for 2 reasons. (1) to escape the 100 degree heat of the day. (2) to witness the sun set over the desert in a spectacular fashion.

The sunset over the Huacachina desert.

The sunset over the Huacachina desert.

Taking time out to enjoy the sunset.

Taking time out to enjoy the sunset.

We had heard it was dangerous, but honestly the biggest danger you’re likely to experience is the sun. Make sure you pack plenty of water, plenty of suntan lotion, a hat, sunglasses, and clothes you can easily shake the sand out of!

I wore long sleeves and yoga pants to avoid sand rash – unless you’re experienced you will sandboard down the dunes on your stomach, and tearing down the dunes at high speeds will tear the skin off your arms and legs if you let them drag.

Oh and pack toilet paper. It seems to be a rare commodity in Peru.

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 About Megan Claire

Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. I have gone on this adventure with the same company and it was awesome. Until this day I sometimes get the sand out of my camera bag and I know it was from the Huacachina desert. The sunset was pretty stunning too! I could not believe how vast the place was.
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    • I still can’t believe how vast the place was – not what I expected from Peru at all! Hope you eventually get all of the sand out lol I emptied out my sneakers again today and there was still a nice chunk of sand 2 weeks later :D!
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  2. Sand dunes and toilet paper, that seems to be an interesting combination Megan! Unfortunately the video is restricted in Germany because of the music rights, but judging from your photos, the ride seems extremely fun and the sunset looks really beautiful. I actually made it to Paracas a few years back, but rather opted for the boat ride to the “small Galapagos” instead of the sand dunes. Thanks for making me second guess my decision now… 🙂
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    • Seriously, we quickly learned how rare it is to find a toilet with paper in Peru…and often they don’t come with toilet seats either lol but a bit harder to travel with one of those :D!

      I’ll have to start using music without copyright claims – really sorry about that! Glad you enjoyed the post regardless of the video. We did the Ballestas as well and loved it; though missing Huacachina just means you have a reason to visit again!!
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  3. This looks like quite an adventure Meg! I bet it was such a blast flying down those dunes! Another item going on my south American bucket list!!
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    • Was one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve been lucky enough to witness! This really was one of our most favorite adventures! Thanks for stopping by!

    • It was definitely a blast! Highly recommend it! Where did you go boarding in Oregon? We’re heading through in June and would love to hit some dunes!

    • So glad you enjoyed it Savannah! If you’re heading through Peru, I highly recommend this – it was THE BEST!!! Most amount of fun I’ve had in a very long time!

  4. Huacachina is just amazing !
    dunes, sun, sand, and peace !

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