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Desert Oasis in Huacachina, Peru

“I guess you could say I’m dreaming of summer.” A travel writing professor spoke to us about the idea of a “pseudo-place”, the place that exists only for the tourist, that would have no place in reality if it weren’t for the visitors; a place that operates solely on expected visitation. He named Las Vegas as an example, or Disneyworld – the place itself is based only on the income of tourism.  He postulated that even Banff, Alberta is a place that only breathes because of its guests. Huacachina, Peru could be seen as such a place.  A random oasis in the middle of the Peruvian desert, probably once served as a place of trade or refuge.  Now, it’s a place for the people of Ica to escape for the weekend, and for thrill-seeking tourists to sand board through the dunes and drink copious amounts of alcohol. Still, it was a quiet reprieve from the busyness of my Peruvian adventure, walking around the lake and avoiding the calls of tour operators to join them on their …

Sunset Over the Peruvian Sand

““I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The buggy drove us through the Peruvian desert like a roller coaster ride, cascading in and out of the dunes.  I tried to video the ride with my camera but my body kept shaking from the impacts of the bumps.  We’d be driven to the top of a dune and get out of the buggy to ride face-first belly-down the steep slope.  There were grains of sand in every one of my orifices that day, but I couldn’t kick the adrenaline of both the buggy ride and the toboggan-like descent from the top. We were given a moment of quiet pause to observe the sun setting over the dunes and the little oasis of Huacachina, often used as a getaway spot for residents of the neighbouring town of Ica.  Though the dunes echo daily with the shrieks of excited adrenaline-seekers, this is a place where it …