Urvashi Rathee

We booked a day tour of the Nazca lines from Lima, and decided to add the Huacachina dune buggy and sandboarding tour to our package.

After our flight over the Nazca lines, we were driven to the desert oasis Huacachina, located approximately an hour’s drive to the south.

Huacachina, called the “Oasis of America,” is built around a natural lake in the desert. Legend has it that the lagoon was created when a young princess was disturbed during her bath by a hunter. She fled, and the pool of water she had been bathing in became the lagoon, while the folds of her mantle became the surrounding sand dunes.

We went for a dune buggy and sandboarding tour in the evening. The weather was pleasant, and the setting sun cast a golden glow over the dunes.


The ride in the dune buggy was hair-raising but fun, with the driver deliberately taking sharp turns that made us hold on to our seats.


We stopped to take pictures, and watched other groups in the distance atop the dunes ready to sandboard down.


When my turn came, being my usual cautious self, I insisted on learning the most important step – how to brake.  In theory, it was simple enough – put your  feet out on both sides of the board and press down into the sand. So, I decided to give it a try ………….


…………. and it was so much fun that I did it again!


With the sun setting, we took a few more pictures, and returned to the oasis.