A wise man once said “What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well“. This man was the French author and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. We probably have nothing in common, except that I can agree on his quote about the desert.
A 6 hour bus drive from Lima brought me to the Huacachina desert. The well in this story, is the Huacachina Oasis. Originally this is a natural oasis, which the Peruvians now have made a place for recreation and adventure. The little oasis is home for about 100 people, but every year also hosts thousands of visitors – which I now understand why.
As I came down to the oasis I checked in at the hostel Banana Adventure. What a place! This really is an oasis in the oasis. As I walked through the gate I instantly felt a really good vibe. A cosy pool area with a round little bar and some exotic music pumping. The people were super friendly, especially the bartender “Tito” from Lima. This place had it all: good service, facilities, food and vibe. Perhaps the best hostel I’ve ever stayed at.
I spent three days here and they were full of both adventure and relaxing in a perfect combination. Lazy hours by the pool drinking beer and talking to new people combined with action activities such as sand buggy through the desert and sand boarding down the endless sand dunes. Not to forget the sunsets. Every evening we hiked up the highest sand dune in the nearby area to watch the sun set over the endless dunes of sand. Truly memorable moments, especially for me as I’m weak for sunsets.
This was not only a place for having fun and a good time. After been traveling about two weeks now, in and out of hostels. On and off both airplanes, buses and boats, early mornings and late nights – this place marked a sense of well-being in me. I must admit that it’s a process getting used to sharing room with people every night, having mostly cold showers, not as much or good food as you are used to and in general live by a much lower standard when it comes to comfort. Somehow I forgot all this down here. I just felt super comfy even though I was sandy and sweaty during the days and cold during the nights and got absolutely no sleep since a guy from New Jersey snored like a bear all night long. Perhaps it’s a combination of this place and the fact that you learn to adapt and maybe two weeks was what I needed.
Anyhow, I had a blast down here and really recommend a 3-day visit to this place. Now summer is officially over for a while for me. I’m on my way to Cusco – the ancient Inca capital in the Andes mountain range. Located on 3400 meters above sea level the temperature and the air will be different, but the mountains is my second home so I’m really looking forward to some high altitude adventures.
By the way, do you have any questions regarding my travels? There are no dumb questions – just dumb people so bring it on! I’m planning a post with “frequently asked questions” and now is the time to ask.