Our Calgary Travel Agency traveled to Peru for 12 days exploring the beautiful country, culture and food – of course we went to Machu Pichu, but be spent a considerable time explore small villages and hotspots in the country!

This post is a short chapter from our Calgary Travel Agency‘s  12 day adventure backpacking trip to Peru, with our then 6 year old daughter.

After spending a couple of days in the beautiful little fishing town of Paracas, we had lunch by the ocean in Paracas while watching the pelicans take over almost all of the fishing boats!

We then hopped on the bus headed further south to a small village outside of Ica, called Huacachina.

Huacachina is a desert oasis in southwestern Peru. At its center are the green waters of the Huacachina Lagoon, ringed by palm trees. The lagoon waters are thought to have therapeutic properties.

We suggest that you rent a boat with a roof to enjoy the lagoon – its fun, relaxing and something different. Its a quick 30 min tour of the lagoon. The lagoon’s shores are dotted with bars and clubs, if that is what you would rather enjoy.

One reason we came to Huacachina was getting some adrenaline rush – Dune buggies run across the high, rolling sand dunes surrounding the village. Naturally, we rented one and had the time of our life! The dune buggy driver always kept the needle above redline, whether we were going up a dune or racing down the hill – and we had our 6 year old with us!

Getting to the top of the dunes was only half the fun. As soon all the buggies make it to the top, all the buggies spread out and take position on different dunes and high points. You then jump out of the buggy and get a sandboard with a piece of candle wax.

The buggy driver gives you a quick 20 second intro on what to do. Basically just wax the bottom of the sandboard – just like your skis, but in this case, like a toddler with a new crayola set, go crazy with the piece of wax!

Thats when the fun begins! You take turns going down the dunes laying on your tummy, and get to some crazy speeds! Even our little 6 year old loved it – and of course we did too! We highly recommend going for this activity – its cheap and probably the coolest, most fun activity you will do in Peru! You can also try sandboarding, just like snow boarding but on sand.

We were exhausted by hour 3 and it was time to relax and watch the most beautiful sunset we have seen in a while. The images were surreal, and as time stopped we watched the sun set behind the dunes.

The driver didn’t let the adrenaline rush die down when it was time to go back down – same speed, same crazy jumps, and a buggy filled with nothing but genuine appreciation for the drivers skill and of course, just a massive dose of laughter!

Back down to the town it was dark already, it gets dark super quick after sunset. We already knew that Banana’s always has the best BBQ in town and boy did they deliver! It was the heartiest meal we have had on our entire 12 day journey through Peru. We highly suggest that you have your dinner here. It’s a hostel but you can go buy a coupon for the BBQ at the hostel!

And with that, we packed up and got ready to travel further into Peru the following day.

Contact our Calgary Travel Agency for any questions, or concerns or to book a perfectly planned trip to Peru!