Under the Desert Sun

“Adventure is worthwhile.”

– Aesop

We hopped another Star Peru flight from Puetro Maldonado into the sandy city of Ica, which was only a ten minute cab ride from the oasis of Huacachina, the final destination of our Peruvian honeymoon.

We had plans to spend our time in Huacachina sand boarding, dune buggying and climbing the colossal sand dunes that surround the town, which are all major attractions of the region.  However, after our two previous weeks of exploring Lima, hiking the Andes and trekking into the Amazon Rainforest, it was all we could do to get ourselves out of bed and down to the pool each morning.  We typically slept the mornings away on beach chairs in the sun and most afternoons we would stroll around the market and shops of Huacachina.  We stayed at El Huacachinero Hotel & Restaurant, which was located on the outskirts of the tiny town, directly at the base of a sand dune.  The hotel and pool were beautiful and the food at the restaurant was delectable.

On our final full day of the trip we decided to go on a wine and pisco tour, which we booked with one of the many local companies that offered them. Pisco is a liquor made from grapes and produced through the distillation step of the wine-making process.  It is produced in Peru and Chile and is a very popular liquor in many local cocktails. On our tour we visited three wineries and learned the outmoded methods of wine and pisco making of the country, which are still used today in many cases.  We walked through the vineyards and tasted unfiltered wine, directly from the clay casks.  Before heading back to our hotel our tour stopped at La Palmera de Siete Cabezas, which means The Palm of Seven Heads.  This spot is home to an Ica urban legend of a palm tree that does not grow straight, but contorted, and has seven limbs.  Locals, namely the elders, believe that a curse was put on the area by a group of witches, which is what causes the tree to grow in such a strange manner.

Although our final week in Peru was not as adventurous as those previous, it was exactly what we needed.  We enjoyed having the time to relax and rejuvenate together, bask in the sun and take in all of the incredible experiences we had in the South American country.

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