Arequipa

March 13-16, 2017 The overnight bus to Arequipa was a smooth ride. As per usual, I only dozed briefly so we were good and tired when arriving at the Flying Dog Hostel well before checkin time. I took a nap on the couch in the common area, and by then they’d gotten our room ready (early) and we slept for a bit in our room. Our room was nice, but it had no vents or windows so we had to keep the door open for a while every day to let the damp shower air out.

Nazca

March 10-12, 2017 What put Nazca on the map are the Nazca lines, which are a lot like drawings you might have made in the sand with a stick, except they’re up to 100s of meters long, and about 2,000 years old. Nazca’s annual rainfall is 4mm, so it doesn’t take much to make something that lasts a long time. Up close the lines look like you could have done something like that with a few friends in an afternoon, or over the course of a few days at the most.

Huacachina

March 9-10, 2017 Huacachina looks like what you get when you ask a child to draw an oasis, but you make the sand dunes taller and add restaurants and hotels all the way around the water in the center. It’s amazingly surreal. The dunes are 100s of meters tall, and as a result the main activities are dune buggy tours and sand boarding. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well, so while Danielle went off to do those awesome things, I laid down in our hotel room, which did have a view of the sand dunes, and also air conditioning.