|We said our farewells to Helen in Lima as she was heading off to Iquitos. We walked a couple of blocks in the pitch black and caught a Flores bus down to Ica. From there we took a taxi to the dessert oasis of Huacachina.
Huacachina lies around a palm fringed lake and amid impressive sand dunes. From the town it is only possible to see sand dunes all around. It is made up of less than one hundred buildings.
In the afternoon we took a buggy/ boarding tour with Desert Adventures. We had met an American couple on the bus, Russ and Julie, and they came with us. The buggying was good at times and was a full on buggy with roll bars and big engine. We motored over the dunes like a rollercoaster ride. We stopped to take pictures and to see the sunset. We also had sandboards with us and we stopped at several places to practice. Russ was a natural as he is a good snowboarder, we did our best........ !!!!
We were knackered in the evening and after a quick bite we hit the sack.
The following day we went to a bodega (distillery & winery) together with Russ and Julie. We got a taxi to the Bodega El Catador and had a tour which was quite interesting. They produce a lot of Pisco and had one the top medal at last years pisco show. After the tour it was down to the best part, tasting !!! and we tried all sorts of Pisco, fig wine, sweet wine and fruit juices !! The best part was that we could have as much as we wanted !!!! I think this was so that we would then buy lots of there products, which seems to work !
In the afternoon we had a farewell lunch with R & J as they were heading to Pisco (the place !!!). We took a walk up the dunes to see the oasis and the sunset.
Hostal Salvatierra - Cheap (25 soles) with bathroom, hot water in rooms 3 & 4 (best room) and a good swimming pool.
Restaurant Mayo - Great Saltado with a good priced set menu.
Restaurant La Sirena - Cheap set lunch but a bit small (for Nick !). Internet.