Never again will I be able to enjoy theme parks after speeding around the desert outside Huacachina in a dune buggy followed by bombing down the dunes on a sandboard, since these activities were way more fun than any rollercoaster or waterslide I’ve ever been on. God-DAMN this was fun.
When you travel, some experiences can be very interesting & educational, you may learn about the history or culture of a country very different to your own. Other travel experiences are very personally significant, you may face & overcome your fears, or an experience might have such a profound impact on you that it provides a fresh new perspective that will endure long after you return home. And then there are those travel experiences that are just pure unadulterated fun, that leave you walking around afterwards with a goofy smile on your face like a little kid on Christmas morning who just got the motherload of presents from Santa. This is one of those experiences. Holy FUCK this is a lot of fun.
Firstly, a bit of info about Huacachina – or Waka-Chang-Chang as the locals call it (not really). Huacachina is a tiny little town, like really really tiny (population just over 100), and is often referred to as the Oasis of Huacachina since it’s built around a little natural lake in the middle of the desert. I read that the lake is thought to have restorative powers, however it doesn’t exactly look appealing to go swimming in given it’s dull greeny-brown colour, and sure as hell no one was bathing in it when I was there. Still, the oasis sure looks cool, especially from the top of one of the surrounding dunes which tower up all around the town.
According to Peruvian legend, the oasis was created back in the day by a beautiful princess who was startled while taking a bath by a horny young hunter who was hiding in the nearby bushes perving at her & masturbating. Needless to say the princess was a bit grossed out & gapped it, not even stopping to pull the plug on her bath, and that’s why we still have the oasis there today, and the folds of her flowing dress became the sand dunes. Furthermore, in a weird twist, some say the princess still resides in the lagoon as a mermaid, and she holds a terrible grudge over having her bath disturbed all those years ago, and has vowed to mercilessly kill anyone who ventures into the water by taking them down for a death-roll, saltwater croc-style. This may be another reason why people stay out of the water. Peruvian legends are dark.
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