Quadbiking, Wine, Pisco, Sandboarding, Swimming and a great feed
30.07.2015 - 30.07.2015 28 °C
Today we got up early as we had a long day ahead. Went across the road and had a decent feed at this really fancy hotel that was the sister hotel to where we were staying, hence being able to have breakfast there.
After breakfast, about 10 of us went quad biking through sand dunes to a place called Red Beach. Aptly named, as the beach had rich red sand, it was soooo gorgeous and such an awesome view. I took a few amazing panoramic photos around here.
After quad biking it was time to get on our bus to Nazca, however we had a few stops to make on the way.
Our first stop was the Pisco winery in Ica, where they produce Peru famous liquor which becomes their most famous drink, 'Pisco Sour'. Pisco is also made from grapes, like wine, but lots of different types of grapes can be found in 1 bottle. It is quite a long process. There are 4 main types of pisco that they make at the winery, our guide gave them all nick names; Strip Tease, Baby Maker, Panty Dropper and Perfect Love. After our tour we got to taste test some different sorts of Pisco and some wine they make. All very tasty some very strong. The Pisco the produce is all around 42% alcohol. The guide also had two more names the bottles we tested; My Ex - girlfriend (baby maker) - no flavour, and My Girlfriend (Perfect Love) - full of flavour made with lots of different grapes.
We left the winery and drove another hour to everyones favorite part of the day; Sandboarding and dune bugying in Huacachina. Was soooooo much fun! As soon as we got to the hotel, we had some lunch, then our dune buggies were ready waiting. We had 8 in each buggy (Aline and Vanessa stayed behind).
Our driver took us straight out and up some high sand dunes and dropped down really fast. It was like being on a roller coaster, but slightly more fun. He kept driving up and down really fast like a crazy person, until he stopped at the top of a dune where we got our boards out and waxed them up, ready to fly down the otherside. We did this 4 times. The first one was about 20m high, second was about 30m, third was 60m. The last one was the scariest and I took a bit of convincing to go over the edge. It was around 120m high. Was such an adrenaline rush, glad I did it. Callum flew down the last one, and kept going for ages as well.
After our sandboarding and dune bugying we went back to the hotel (our temporary hotel while we were in Huacachina). There we all changed into our togs and jumped into the swimming pool for half an hour. It was reasonably cold, but not too bad. We had a few cold drinks and the boys had some beers.
By this time it was about 5pm and time to make our way to Nazca, which was about another 2 hour drive.
We arrived at Nazca at around 7pm. As we were staying out in the waps of Nazca, our driver stopped in town so we could get some dinner. We went to this nice little pizza place that made the yummiest homemade pizza. We stressed the poor man out that own the place though. I don't think he was used to that many pizzas. They also had some really bad/funny Peruvian/South American Idol on tv which kept us entertained while we waited ages for our pizza. They were worth the wait.
Then we finally drove the last 10 minutes to our hotel. We took this really dodgy dirt road to the middle of nowhere, then we get to our hotel and it looks like something out of a horror movie and we were the only group staying there that night. It was super creepy. It had been such a long day and everyone was knackered, so we all just went straight to bed.