Visit This Oasis in Peru for a Surreal Experience

If you want to discover something very different from the usual cold mountains and ruins of Peru, you might want to visit an oasis in the middle of the desert. Located in Ica province, Huacachina is a small village built around a smaller oasis. This pretty little place is surrounded by sand dunes, where you can take dune buggy rides. These sand dunes stretch several hundred feet high and can seem enormous. Read more..

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Enter Sandmen. And Women. Sandboarding in Ica!

Hello and welcome to the first blog post of Karikuy Volunteer Program 2011! My name’s Stu and I’m one of three volunteers kicking things off in this first week of this year’s project. I arrived at the Karikuy house last Saturday, the 28th May, and after a couple of days of settling in, a group of us headed to Ica with Julio. We enjoyed various activities during our time in the Ica region, some of which my fellow bloggers are going to mention in the days to come. But it falls to me to tell you about sandboarding! The imposing and iconic sand dunes surrounding the oasis of Huacachina dominate the landscape of the town. Sand, everywhere you look! [Continue reading…]

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The Legends of Peru: Ica and Huacachina

These are just two of the many legends that make up Peruvian history. With such a strong Indian heritage, so many towns, places, natural wonders, and other items have a story that explains or justifies their existence in a rather fantastical and romantic way. Usually, these legends, much like with a religious story, have a moral and a lesson learned. And the widespread knowledge of each legend is a true testament to their strong connection with Peruvian heritage and culture. [Continue reading…]

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In the Land of Grapes and Witches

When I decided to make the 5 hour bus ride to Ica for the second time this summer I expected to soak up the hot sun of the Huacachina oasis, take a refreshing dip in our flower-trimmed exotic pool after which I would then make my way through the lime green vineyards of the Tacama estate while sipping on a nice semi-seco vino tinto. No where in that itinerary did I expect to add visiting a witch town in the middle of no where. [Continue reading…]

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