08.05.2013 - 10.05.2013 29 °C
Huacachina is a tiny place with just a few hotels/hostels and a couple of restaurants. It's an oasis with a small lake surrounded by a few buildings, some palm trees and rolling sand dunes. Nearby there are lots of vineyards where they grow Peru's national liquor - Pisco. Its a very strong spirit made from grapes. Emma and I did a winery tour to two 'bodegas'. The first one was an artesian winery where they crush the grapes with their feel, ferment the juice in terrecota vats and then separate the different bodies of the wine left over from the distilling process. We then tried a few different piscos which all just tasted very strong to me! The wine tours were definitely not the posh manicured wineries we saw in Mendoza, Argentina. Especially because above the entrance to the second winery there was a sign saying it was shut because it doesn't have a license and some of the samples we were given had flies in! The room where the fermentation happened was full of dusty collectables and the taxi driver was the person taking us round. It was very very odd but fun - I don't think I learnt much about pisco making there though!
In the afternoon we went on a sand buggy and sandboarding. The buggy was like being in a rollercoaster as we went up and down steep dunes really fast. It was so much fun! We got out a few times to go sandboarding. I could've done it on a snowboard but it was a lot more fun to lie down and go down the dunes head first! It was scary but very addictive after the first time. After we got covered in sand we watched the sun set behind the desert.