After a horrific bus journey from Cuzco...the worst of our time in South America, we arrived in Nazca very early and a bit disoriented from lack of sleep! We were met and given a little time for a nap before being driven to the airfield. We were one of the first flights of the day and we set off at about 9am. It was a very strange experience, the plane was smaller than some cars I´ve been in and we had 2 pilots due to a crash a couple of weeks before. One was in charge of flying and the other was responsible for turning around and yelling things like "on the left - MONKEY" then "on the right - MONKEY". It wasn´t the most enjoyable experience and the other 2 people in our plane were definately suffering from the twists and turns due to an excessively large breakfast. Luckily nobody was sick! It wasn´t until after the flight was over and we were back on solid ground without being yelled at that we found we really appreciated what we had seen. The absolutely enormous patterns in the desert that nobody has really any ideas why they are there or even really how they were formed. It´s very impressive, the only way to see the lines is from the air but some of the mystery was lost amongst the manic flying and yelling!
From Nazca we headed straight to the small oasis town of Huacachina a couple of hours South. Huacachina is famous for sandboarding and it definately was a lot of fun! Our hostel was lovely with a big pool, and we had a few goes at sandboarding and improved quite well (we thought)! We also met up with Fran and 3 of her friends from home which was really lovely, especially for me-they had luxuries like perfume!!!! We had a sandboarding/buggy tour of the dunes which was great fun! Our driver was possibly a bit insane and was taking us up and down practically vertical dunes! Despite our improvement I opted to go down most of the dunes on my stomach which is much faster especially as the dunes were so steep. Rhys was the only one going down on his feet and he did really well, despite taking a bit of a bad tumble-he carried on though!
We had a great night out with the girls in Huacachina even though there´s only about 40buildings in the entire town, and all felt more than a little fragile the next day. From here we are moving on to Chile and possibly Argentina again.
Love to all, Hannah and Rhys xxxx