Huacachino Oasis in the Desert of Puno with green mud

Huacachino Oasis in the Desert of Puno with green mud

Unfortunately we decided to leave Nasca after only one night.
We did want to go and see the temple, and I now regret not doing so.
But there were so many roosters living next door, and they just made such a noise I thought I was going to go nuts.
So we decided to leave on the lunch-time bus and go to Huacachino – a desert oasis just out of Ica.
What we didn’t realise was how busy it would be.
Most hostels were booked out as it was Saturday.
So we ended up in a pretty basic old one.
But as we are way over budget from the last 2 weeks in Peru, we thought this would save us some money anyway.
The hotel is called Salvatierra and is about 80 years old.
It is a poor-man’s resort we decided. But the pool was nice, and clean, and cold!
Night one saw us in a room that had a hot shower, but no cold, and so hot I burnt myself – crazy.
What we did find interesting though, was that the mud was green, and quite a bright green too!
We enjoyed this little tourist town.  It was originally made for the rich last century around a natural oasis.  The buildings are colonial and there even is a dis-used Pisco factory and bar, complete with a little white rabbit my son enjoyed.

As we walked about we met a lovely family from Ica.  They shared their sand-board with my son.

He first enjoyed pushing them down the hill.

Soon he was sand-boarding by himself – and loving it. The addiction has started!

Our first day ended with us finding it difficult to find a budget place to eat.  So we were once again over budget!

Next day I was up early and went for a nice walk around the oasis – it was like a mirror, and the desert town was deserted!

We did get told that each day we stayed meant we had a ticket for free boat hire, so first off was the row boat with the little palm canopy.  Would you believe the wind picked up so strongly we couldn’t get it back the last 6 metres.

Later that day when the wind had calmed we used our next day at the hotel for a free paddle boat.
Unfortunately it was busy, so the guy only gave us a short time, but my son had fallen over on the bathroom step and had a sore knee, so not too much of a big deal.

We had to change rooms. We ended up with one a cold shower only, but could use the hot shower room they had down the garden hall.
Our latest room was right by the pool, with a little table and chairs, and we liked it.  We decided to stay a few days!

We had booked a sand-buggy ride for sunset that morning.
We booked the front two seats.
When it arrived, the guy had double booked them and it took off without us.
My son started to cry, so management sorted another buggy coming.
It meant our paid for 2 hour ride was only 1.5 hours, but I was glad we had a buggy, and the crying stopped.

We had a great group.
The driver was crazy, but in a careful kinda way, and made sure my son was safe all the time.
He had adjusted his harness to nice and tight which was great.

We took turns jumping off the buggy into the sand.

Then the drive got out the boards.  Time for some serious down-hill slopes.
Far too steep for us to stand – these were for the belly.

I soon learnt not to scream or I would have a mouthful of sand.
We each had a turn then he drove down to get us.

We did 2 different sand-dunes, and turns boarding, before it was time for some more hair-raising slopes.

The ride this time was pretty crazy.  My son was enjoying screaming, and smiling at the same time.  He absolutely loved it.  But it was getting cold, and the sun was about to set.

We just missed the sunset, but that was OK, we had time for more running and playing in the soft sand.

At the end, the buggies all lined up and took off racing down the last hill.
It was fabulous fun, and we had a great time!

Next day we were having an early lunch and met a family from Australia (with a Peruvian dad).
Jackson, their son was the same age as my son – 8 years old.
They talked alike, played well and after a dismal attempt at sand-boarding in the boiling sun, and on the boiling sand, we headed back to their hotel for the boys to enjoy the pool.
Whilst their baby napped, we sat and enjoyed drinks and a chat.
It was a lovely time.

We decided to go on a sunset hike up the dunes.
My calves cramped up pretty badly, and it was quite a work-out but we did it.
The fun part was running down in the soft sand.
But somehow there were masses of live bees, lying in the sand, so we had to run with care.

Wow – 3 days have gone already, but we might have to stay another day or two.
We are feeling rested and relaxed, but I am getting the first signs of a head cold and a sore throat.

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