If you find yourself in the Oasis of Huacachina, and most travellers who are making their way through southern Peru by bus do, you’re probably there to try your hand at sandboarding. This village of less than 200 is kind of an icon.
Hiking through sand is a devilish thing. Your heels sink down with every step and soon your ankles are moaning from the extended and unrelenting angle of uphill motion. An hour feels like an eternity. An eternity of wondering if anyone ever thought to do this in snowshoes or skis. An eternity of appreciation for how hot white sand can become when it’s actually somewhat sheltered.