The Jill Pill

January 31st, 2019

Huacachina, a desert oasis in Peru

We took a four-hour ride out of Miraflores to Huacachina, a desert oasis, known for its massive sand dunes.

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First, we stopped to have drinks, lunch, and some pool fun at the home of a lovely family! They were so welcoming and I fell in love with all their pets which included a turtle, parrot, cat, and dog.

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Then we met our guide who took us on a roller-coaster-like ride through the dunes on a dune buggy. I kept thinking about that episode of the Real Housewives of Ocean County, where Tamara is recklessly driving a dune buggy and causes it to flip. As a result, Vicki is badly injured and has to be airlifted and taken to a hospital. Not exactly the thoughts I wanted running through my head, butttt, our guide wouldn't want to do something that would risk their business ...right?

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We drove to the top of a big sand dune where we could either sandboard (think snowboarding but with sand) or sand sled (think snow sledding while lying on your belly) down the dune. The snowboarding looked pretty challenging and was somewhat dangerous, so we chose to sand sled.

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I chickened out a few times but finally thought to myself, when am I going to be here again, and knew I had to get over my fears and just do it. So happy I did, because 1) it wasn't all that scary and 2) it was such an adrenaline rush. We did some more dune buggy riding and sliding down various dunes for another 2 hours.

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Super sandy and ready for a shower, we checked into our hostel, Banana's Adventure. It was cheap, included dinner and breakfast and had these sweet hammocks and a cat, so what else do you really need?

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Huacachinna has quite the nightlife which we got to experience at Huaca Fucking China (actual name) and Wild Rover. They had great music, cheap drinks, and lots of dancing! At Wild Rover, dancing on the bar was part of the charm, so naturally, we got up there to show our moves. While traveling, some people from Remote Year have a "thing" they try to do in each country they visit. I think I might make dancing on bars my "thing".

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